A new lawsuit has been filed against General Motors over claims that the 2016-2018 Chevrolet Malibu may experience reduced engine performance due to issues related to the accelerator pedal and electronic engine control system.
This suit appears to be related to the same problem that a 2016 Chevrolet Malibu owner sued GM for back in the summer of this year. That case was filed in the U.S. District Court of Maryland, while this case is filed in the U.S. District Court of New York.
However, both make similar claims. In the Maryland suit, the owner alleged the driver information screen on her 2016 Chevrolet Malibu flashed a message saying “engine power is reduced” before the car slowed to a maximum speed of 20 mph. The plaintiff then took the car to their dealership, where the service department found it needed a new accelerator pedal position sensor. The fix was covered by GM, as the vehicle was still under warranty at the time.
Similarly, the plaintiff in this suit says his Malibu experienced a similar issue, also flashing the “engine power is reduced” message before experiencing an unexpected loss of power. However, his car was out of warranty, so he was forced to pay out of pocket for the accelerator pedal position sensor repair. The owner now alleges the car dangerous to drive himself and dangerous to other motorists, as it may slow to a relative crawl while on the road.
Some GM Authority commenters also claimed they had experienced the issue when we first covered the problem in June.
The plaintiff in this suit claims GM knows there is a problem with the 2016-2018 model-year Chevrolet Malibu, as it has received numerous complaints from owners. It also would have received a multitude of warranty claims related to the same problem.
Like many new cars, the Chevrolet Malibu has an electronic throttle position sensor that determines the driver’s throttle input, as opposed to some other vehicles that may use a mechanical linkage. The problem seems to be related to the vehicle’s throttle position sensor and/or the engine management software that relays the information between the sensor and the engine.
The class action lawsuit filed in New York claims this problem effects all 2016-2018 Chevrolet Malibus.
We’ll follow the case as it progresses through the courts, but in the meantime, be sure to subscribe to GM Authority for more Chevrolet Malibu news, Chevrolet news, and around-the-clock GM news coverage.
Source: Car Complaints