A class action suit (Trusky v. Gen. Motors Co., No. 2:11-cv-12815 (E.D. Mich. filed June 29, 2011)) was filed against General Motors (GM) claiming that GM issued a recall of 2007-2008 Chevrolet Impalas used in law enforcement but that the company did not issue a general recall to all consumers, posing a safety hazard.
GM issued the recall notice for Impalas equipped with a police package noting that the rear wheel spindle rods needed to be replaced because they could cause wheel misalignment which lead to premature tire wear.
While GM serviced the recalled police vehicles, they did not honor the warranties of other vehicles with the same defect even though their Bumper-to-Bumper (Includes Tires) warranty provided “Coverage is for the first 3 years or 36,000 miles, whichever comes first.”
One plaintiff in the lawsuit had to replace the tires on her Impala twice in the first 25,000 miles due to the irregular wear. Other consumers had the same problem yet the dealers refused to make the repair at no cost unless it was under the recall.
The lawsuit that contends that the damage to the vehicle was more than economic that tires with worn tread could be dangerous. Worn tires can easily be punctured, hydroplane or even blow when heat builds-up. Many drivers do not know how to tell if their tires are bald and rely on mileage to know when to change their tires.
Sean Kane of Safety Research & Strategies, a vehicle safety organization, said, “They thought there was a safety issue for police vehicles. So how is that not dangerous for consumers?”
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