On January 31, 2018, Lieff Cabraser and co-counsel filed a consumer fraud class action lawsuit against General Motors Company in Tennessee federal court on behalf of all persons who purchased or leased in Tennessee certain GM vehicles equipped with an allegedly defective air condition system. On April 11, 2018, U.S. District Court Judge Matthew F. Leitman issued an order appointing Lieff Cabraser partner Annika K. Martin as Co-Lead Plaintiffs’ Counsel in the multidistrict product defect litigation.
The lawsuit claims the vehicles have a serious defect that causes the air conditioning systems to crack and leak refrigerant, lose pressure, and fail to function properly to provide cooled air into the vehicles. These failures lead owners and lessees to incur significant costs for repair, often successive repairs as the repaired parts prove defective as well.
Cadillac Escalade & Escalade ESV 2015-2017
Chevrolet Silverado 1500 2014-2017
Chevrolet Suburban 2015-2017
Chevrolet Tahoe 2015-2017
GMC Sierra 1500 2014-2017
GMC Yukon 2015-2017
The claims center on what are reported to be bad welds in the original condenser units. The problems are worsened by what many owners report are GM’s acknowledged 10-12 week delays in the supply chain, such that many owners have been forced to wait two to three months for the repairs to be made. As summer temperatures in many regions soar into triple digits, this leaves Escalade, Sierra, Suburban, Tahoe, Silverado, Sierra and Yukon owners with vehicles they say are undriveable due to concerns about child, pet, and driver safety. While GM has reportedly recalled all of its previous faulty inventory stock of the affected parts, no vehicle recall has been issued for those drivers stuck with failing GM air conditioning.
“If you have one of these vehicle and the AC is still working, brace yourself as you will be encountering an issue sooner than later.” (RadiatorHelpline.com, June 2017.)
The complaint lists causes of action for violations of the Tennessee Consumer Protection Act, fraudulent concealment, breach of warranty, and unjust enrichment, and seeks declaratory and injunctive relief, including an order requiring GM to permanently repair the affected vehicles within a reasonable time period, as well as compensatory, exemplary, and statutory damages.
If you own one of the affected 2014-2017 model GM vehicles listed below and have experienced A/C failure or are concerned about imminent air conditioning failure in your SUV or truck, we urge you to contact us immediately using the form below to discuss your potential product defect case. There is no charge or obligation for our review, and the information you provide will help us hold GM accountable for any defects in air conditioning systems in their vehicles.