Millionaire fine to General Motors for hiding the defect of one of its most popular engines

The verdict just delivered by a California jury in response to a class action lawsuit has been settled with a heavy blow to General Motorswhich will now have to pay $102.6 million to those affected who accused the manufacturer of having concealed a defect in an engine block.

Its about Fourth generation GM 5.3L V8 Vortecwhich according to thousands of truck and SUV owners and renters sold between 2011 and 2014 (the Chevrolet Tahoe, the GMC Sierra or the Chevrolet Colorado, among others) consumed excess oil and, therefore, caused multiple problems and even caused premature breakdowns in their vehicles.

The ‘vices’ are always expensive

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The class action lawsuit -which was filed in California, USA- was directed by the DiCello Levitt law firm, on behalf of 38,000 owners and renters of vehicles affected by the engine problem and sold in California, North Carolina and Idaho. But this was not the first time they had gone to court.

The cause, which leads Rolling through the courts since 2016, was presented in the first instance alleging internal GM documents that allegedly proved how the manufacturer knew of the main defect of the Vortec 5300 LC9: your piston rings they were faulty.

This made it possible for the oil to enter parts of the engine where it should not be and, therefore, led to excessive and irregular consumption of the oil itself and even caused premature breakdowns.

According to the documentation provided by the lawyers, “as early as 2010, GM recommended that its dealers clean the pistons of the vehicles in question.” But that solution turned out to be more of an ineffective long-term patch.


GM later redesigned the V8’s piston rings, but oil consumption problems persisted until GM finally discontinued production of the engine in 2014.

DiCello Levitt’s Christopher Stombaugh said in a statement that he was “grateful for the courage of the jury, which did the right thing in holding GM accountable for its deception and half-hearted efforts to address its problems.”

However, while $102.6 million sounds like a lot of money, it is just a grain of sand on the beach for a company with a market value of nearly $50 billion.

In addition, taking into account that the lawsuit lists 38,000 affected, each will receive just 2,700 dollarswhich a priori could be left with a fair amount to compensate for some of the repairs (and the oil) that they had to face.

For its part, GM “does not believe that the verdict is supported by compelling evidence,” and probably plans to appeal the decision.

This is not the first time that the Detroit giant has faced litigation in which it is accused of covering up problems in its vehicles, including serious defects such as those of your ignition system (it could cause the stop of your engine and the disconnection of the airbags) -a case that came to the fore in 2014- in the steering wheel sensors, or even in the notorious case of faulty cylinders.

So GM already had to pay 900 million dollars in compensation, we’ll see if he gets away with it now or not.

Source: MotorpasiĆ³n by

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