How to Join the GM Transmission Class Action Lawsuit in California

It is reported that General Motors sold over 800,000 vehicles with defective 8-speed automatic transmissions without disclosing to the customers before the purchase.

According to the class action, General Motors deliberately withheld critical information about the vehicle’s subpar performance, violating consumer protection laws.

The lawsuit intends to refund vehicle owners for the repair expenses related to the poor-quality automatic transmission and hold GM accountable for failing to inform consumers about the vehicle defect.

Do not wait to speak to a trusted lemon law attorney in California to learn more about the class action and how to protect your rights.

GM Vehicles Affected

The vehicles affected by the transmission defect include:

  • 2015-2017 Cadillac Escalade
  • 2016-2019 Cadillac Escalade
  • 2016-2019 Cadillac CTS-v
  • 2016-2019 Cadillac CT6
  • 2015-2019 GMC Sierra
  • 2015-2019 GMC Yukon
  • 2016-2019 Chevrolet Camaro
  • 2017-2019 Chevrolet Colorado
  • 2015-2019 Chevrolet Silverado
  • 2015-2017 GMC Yukon Denali XL
  • 2017-2019 GMC Canyon
  • 2015-2017 Cadillac Escalade ESV
  • 2015-2019 Chevrolet Corvette
  • 2015-2017 GMC Yukon Denali

Vehicle owners of the affected GM models have experienced a few negative symptoms, including lurching, hesitation, and lunging while accelerating and deceleration. Some consumers endured shaking or a “shudder” when driving at high speeds, which exposed them to a risk of accidents.

In other instances, the transmission fails altogether, making the vehicle inoperable and increasing the crash risk. Some cars have transmission fluid leaks, which can ignite after contact with a hot object.

How to Join the GM Transmission Class Action Lawsuit

If you’re considering joining the GM transmission class action lawsuit, a lemon law attorney can provide legal advice to help you make the right decision. A lemon law attorney will offer a comprehensive review to determine if the GM transmission class action is based on a lemon law violation.

First, an attorney will determine whether your vehicle is a lemon by evaluating whether the transmission defect impacts its value, use, and safety. In California, a vehicle is considered a lemon if it develops a substantial warranty defect within 18,000 miles or 18 months, whichever comes first.

California lemon laws cover the following new and used vehicles with the manufacturer’s new vehicle warranty:

  • Pick-up trucks, cars, vans, and SUVs
  • Dealer-owned vehicles and demonstrators
  • Chassis, Chassis cab, and drivetrain of a motorhome
  • Vehicles bought or leased for household, family, or personal reasons
  • Different cars purchased or leased for commercial reasons

If your vehicle meets the criteria for lemon, an attorney will do several things to protect your interest, including:

  • Gathering facts and evidence concerning your car, dealership, and the transmission defect
  • Analyze repair orders, repair invoices, timeline of repairs, and correspondence with the dealership
  • Review extended warranties and service warranties
  • Compile key vehicle documents, including original purchase documents and the manufacturer’s warranty.

Deadlines for GM Transmission Class Action Lawsuit

GM recently settled the lawsuit for selling vehicles with defective 8-speed transmissions. Even so, it is not all lost for vehicle owners who did not receive a share of the settlement award.

Instead, they can protect their rights using California lemon laws or file a lawsuit against the manufacturer for breach of warranty.

How to Join the GM Transmission Class Action Lawsuit in California

Benefits of Opting for a Lemon Law Claim Over a Class Action Lawsuit

Instead of joining a class action, which could take years, you can protect your rights by filing a lemon law claim.

According to California lemon laws, if a manufacturer or dealer can’t repair a serious warranty defect after a ‘reasonable number’ of repair attempts, the manufacturer must either:

  • Replace the defective vehicle
  • Refund its purchase price (Whichever you prefer)

Although there is no set number of a ‘reasonable number’ of repair attempts, California lemon law presumption offers the following guidelines to allow a lemon law claim:

  • General Motors or an authorized dealer hasn’t fixed the transmission defect after four or more attempts.
  • The vehicle defect could cause death or serious bodily injury if driven, and the manufacturer or dealer has made at least two unsuccessful repair attempts.
  • The vehicle has been in a repair shop for more than 30 days— not necessarily consecutive for a repair defect covered by the warranty.

Here are the benefits of filing a lemon law claim instead of joining the GM transmission class action:

No Fees

Many lemon law attorneys offer an initial free consultation and charge a contingency-based fee. As a result, they only get paid after winning your case, which allows them to obtain a commission from the settlement amount.

Further, under lemon laws, if your claim is successful, the court issues an order compelling the automaker to cover the attorney’s fee.

Maximizing Your Settlement

In a class action, a vehicle owner has little to no control over the final settlement amount awarded by the court. Further, the settlement award is less likely to meet the cost incurred by an aggrieved vehicle owner.

On the contrary, a lemon law demands the full attention of a manufacturer. Through a lemon law attorney, a vehicle owner can customize the claim to recover all losses, including car rental, accommodation charges, finance costs, tax, and towing charges.

If the automaker refuses to settle, an attorney can litigate the matter in court for a favorable ruling.

Save on Time

Depending on the nature of the case, you can obtain a lemon law settlement within a month or up to 6 months. On the contrary, the resolution of a class action lawsuit often takes 2-3 years or several years if the defendant decides to contest the court’s award by initiating an appeal.

Get in Touch With an Experienced California Lemon Law Attorney to Discover Your Options

If your GM vehicle or any other type of car has transmission issues that prevent you from using your vehicle, you might have rights under California lemon laws.

You need representation from an experienced lemon law attorney who’ll aggressively fight to protect your consumer rights. LemonLaw123 lead attorney Valerie G. Campbell has represented many vehicle owners and helped them move beyond the frustrations and expenses of their lemons.

Contact us online or at 657-529-5239 for a free case review.

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