Chevy Shake Lawsuit Allowed To Go Forth In Florida – But Not Nationwide3
The judge presiding over a class action lawsuit for vehicles affected by the so-called ‘Chevy Shake‘ will allow the case to proceed in Florida, but has denied a claim for nationwide class action certification.
The Chevy Shake class action lawsuit will only be open to owners of affected vehicles in Florida, as the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act claim is the only one asserted in the lawsuit, and that specific claim is dependent on Florida state law. Therefore, only General Motors customers in Florida will be able to join the class action proceeding.
The Chevy Shake problem, first reported on back in late 2015, affects certain K2XX GM trucks and SUVs. Customers claim the vehicles will shake and vibrate when in motion – a problem that was eventually traced back to the aluminum driveshaft in the vehicles. The plaintiff in the Florida case claims GM sent technical service bulletins to dealerships related to the problem for years, but refused to fix the problem for free for customers, even when they were still under warranty. Dealers were also unable to diagnose the problem at first and made unnecessary repairs to the vehicles in an attempt to remedy the issue, which customers also had to pay for out of pocket.
GM eventually fired back at the plaintiff and sought to have the class action suit thrown out. The automaker claimed repairs for affected vehicles weren’t necessary, as the plaintiff continued to drive the vehicle for months after discovering the problem – proving that the issue was not affecting his ability to drive the vehicle. The automaker also said the plaintiff was overstepping boundaries, as he claimed the same problem affected vehicles that he did not own himself. The class action suit claims the problem can impact the K2XX-platform Cadillac Escalade, Chevrolet Silverado, Chevrolet Suburban, Chevrolet Tahoe, GMC Yukon/Yukon XL and GMC Sierra.
The problem has been traced back to the factory aluminum driveshafts in the vehicles, which may deteriorate over time and cause vibrations throughout the vehicle – usually at highway speeds. According to Car Complaints, owners of the vehicles usually claim they can resolve the shaking problem by replacing the aluminum driveshaft with a steel one, but the cost of this aftermarket repair is thrown onto them as well.
With this latest development, the class action suit will be allowed to proceed under the basis of breach of express warranties, breach of implied warranties and violation of Florida’s Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act. Again, nationwide class action status for the lawsuit has been dismissed, so only Florida residents can join in on the class action suit.
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Source: Car Complaints
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Aluminum driveshaft deteriorating over time? I’ve owned many Chevy trucks and vans with aluminum driveshafts and never once have I seen them corroded. Many that had issues with shaking had them right off the dealer lots from new. There were motor mount replacements, body mount replacements, torque converter flush and replacements, wheel and tire balancing and replacements and rear axle replacements. No way was it just traced back to a corroded away driveshaft. That’s a simple recall and fix.
I hate the ride in my 2016 Silverado with the eight speed. Been an issue since my first trip from Mass. to Florida and back. The truck had new tires put on to make the sale thinking it was the tires so dealer changed them. Not fixed. The chevy shake has been a nauseating issue with this nice looking truck. I hate driving it. It started as a cyclical vibration that came and went but turned into a full truck shaking event on my first ride back from Florida. Two transmission flushes and several tire force balances later and it still has a shake starting from around 35 thru all higher speeds. No longer violent shaking but enough to make sure nobody I know buys a chevy with the eight speed tranny. My last free dealer oil change the service manager said to get notice to him when I brought the truck in. My luck he was away on training. I’ll have to note to him and general manager shortly after my return from the southeast. Don’t think it will ever be taken care of. If no satisfaction this coming time with managers, I plan to sit in front of their dealership all day with a large banner telling others to stay away from Chevy Vehicles. I’ve done similar actions in the past with positive results. I’d accept a swap to a six speed put into my truck. A new one of course. Can’t be any worse.
My 2021 Tahoe is currently at the dealership being repaired after I experienced the Chevy Death Wobble/Shake 3 days ago. I had my 10 yr old & 7 yr old in the car with me when it happened, thank God we were only going 30mph when it 1st started and we were not on a highway….it was very scary. How do I get information about this lawsuit and to make sure it won’t happen again…honestly I’m afraid to drive my car when and if it’s repaired.