More than 100 owners and lessees of 2011 to 2014 model year Chevrolet Volts have filed a class action lawsuit against General Motors over an alleged steering defect, Autoevolution reports. The plaintiffs say the Volt’s steering will “freeze” while driving, making the car difficult or impossible to control.
The lawsuit was filed with the New Jersey District Court in early December and alleges GM broke several New Jersey state laws, including breach of warranty of merchantability, express warranty and common law fraud. The claims mount to a steep $5 million, according to plaintiffs Tara Follari-Johnson and Christopher Johnson.
“When class members present to GM’s authorized dealerships complaining of the steering defect, the dealerships recommend repairs such as replacing the steering rack or steering gear assembly. However, these repairs only temporarily mask the problem,” Follari-Johnson and Johnson said in a prepared statement.
GM has yet to discover the steering glitch or issue a recall over the problem. A judge will decide in a matter of months if the automaker was aware of the apparent fault in the steering system and decided to continue selling the model. Additional information on the case is available at this link.