‘Chevy shake’ leads to dangerous problems with nearly one million GM vehicles, lawsuit claims – FOX13 News Memphis

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The “Chevy shake” is a problem affecting nearly a million vehicles nationwide and potentially tens of thousands in the Mid-South. It was described as “dangerous” in the federal lawsuit.

The FOX13 investigation unearthed hundreds of pages from two federal lawsuits filed against automaker General Motors, the makers of Buick, GMC, Cadillac and Chevrolet. The lawsuit alleges that the company’s manufacturing and placement into vehicles of two eight-speed transmissions created “dangerous” driving conditions for hundreds of thousands of consumers.

The lawsuit alleges that the wobble occurred due to the GM 8L90 and 8L45 transmission, which occurs when the driver attempts to accelerate or decelerate, and that the vehicle wobbles and shakes, shudders, or engages in violent gearshifts when changing gears. It noted the shocks as “violent” enough for some drivers to report feeling as though they were involved in an accident.

The list of vehicles includes:

  • 2015-2019 Chevrolet Silverado
  • Chevrolet Colorado 2017-2019
  • 2015-2019 Chevrolet Corvette
  • Chevrolet Camaro 2016-2019
  • 2015-2017 Cadillac Escalade and Escalade ESV
  • Cadillac ATS, ATS-V, CTS, CT6 and CTS-V 2016-2019
  • 2015-2019 GMC Sierra, Yukon and Yukon XL; Yukon Denali and Denali XL 2015-2017
  • GMC Gorge 2017-2019

FOX13 Investigates spoke to a man who asked us not to share his face and asked to be called only by his first name, Reggie. He currently drives a 2021 Chevrolet Silverado after trading in 2017 which he says became full of problems within weeks of driving it.

“It can happen to anyone,” said Reggie.

According to his sales bill, he paid more than $50,000 for the vehicle. He said he spent at least $3,000 on repairs over three years.

“I changed the tires; I replaced the rim; I tried everything,” said Reggie. “(The dealer mechanic) found nothing. They can’t tell me anything.”

According to the lawyer who filed the lawsuit and is now seeking class action status, Reggie is one of 800,000 buyers with the same problem, outlining what lawyers say is a vehicle that was made to fail due to “faulty automatic transmission fluid.”

“It’s often thought of as driving over a rumbling lane at a certain speed,” said Ted Leopold, one of the lawyers behind the lawsuit.

The lawsuit also alleges that GM learned about the matter in early 2014, that it “artificially increased the purchase and rental prices” for vehicles through “deliberate secrecy,” and that the company became aware of the issue even after people started driving cars from multiple dealerships. Lawyers write that this is because buyers have started voicing frustration about the issue on online forums, some specifically for discussions about GM vehicles. They also said GM should have known because the matter was written about in an online trade publication and because public complaints were left on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website.

The company chose not to issue expensive recalls, Leopold said, and instead issued a “technical service bulletin” to GM dealers, which was a “warning to dealers, alerting them to potential problems in GM products and telling them how to resolve the issue. problems when customers complain to GM dealers,” the lawsuit says.

“Then and only then did they put in some effort to try and fix it. In the end, there was no improvement,” said Leopold, speaking to FOX13 Investigations via Zoom.

“They put money and profits into getting their vehicles on the road,” Leopold said.

This is an issue that Action 9 investigator Jason Stoogenke, a consumer investigation reporter at our sister station in Charlotte, has been investigating for nearly three years.

“Back then, I had more complaints about the so-called ‘Chevy shake’ than any other consumer issue, unrelated to the pandemic. We have nearly 300 complaints to Action 9 in Charlotte about this issue from drivers in 30 states and Canada,” Stoogenke said.

FOX13 Investigates contacted GM to respond to our report. They did not respond to requests for comment, but they did respond to Action 9 in September.

“Owners should visit their GM dealer (Chevrolet, Buick-GMC, Cadillac). Dealers have technical services and procedures they can implement to address these issues,” said a statement from the company.

Lawyers who filed the lawsuit have asked the court to pass the suit as a federal class act, meaning anyone who falls within certain qualifications can join.

They asked for compensation determined by the jury.

We want to hear from you. If you believe you currently own or have ever owned one of the vehicles listed, please contact the FOX13 assignment desk at news@fox13memphis.com or call 901-320-1340.

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