General Motors is taking action quickly, in hopes to smooth over relations with customers who purchased a 2016 GMC Acadia, Chevrolet Traverse or Buick Enclave. The three full-size crossovers received a stop sale order, after GM disclosed to the EPA it had overstated fuel economy ratings on the crossovers.
Automotive News reports GM is preparing to compensate some 170,000 owners who purchased a 2016 model year Acadia, Traverse or Enclave. Being the land of the lawsuit, a class action lawsuit has also already been filed against GM and the issue as well.
The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, and alleges GM concealed the actual fuel economy of the crossovers and that customers overpaid for them. Law firm McCuneWright filed the complaint on behalf of Sean Tolmasoff, a Florida resident who purchased a 2016 Chevy Traverse in April. Tolmasoff stated he would not have purchased his Traverse, or would have paid significantly less, if he was aware of the true fuel economy ratings.
McCuneWright is the same firm tasked with taking the Hyundai-Kia fuel economy overstatements to court.
GM dealers have begun selling the 2016 model year crossovers again with updated window stickers showing correct fuel economy. GM provided insight as to how the mishap occurred, blaming new “emissions-related hardware” onboard. The new hardware required new testing.
“The fuel economy data from these tests were not captured in calculations made for EPA fuel economy labels … causing 2016 model year fuel economy numbers to be overstated,” GM said in a statement.
Sources inside GM said the automaker will announce a compensation package for owners within a week.