One of the lawsuits filed against General Motors over the well-known C7 Corvette cracked rims issue has been dismissed.
The judge presiding over this suit, which was filed in the spring of last year in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, ruled that the plaintiff in the case did not prove that the problems with factory wheels on the C7 Corvette Z06 and Grand Sport were caused by a defect in the materials or workmanship rather than a design defect. While GM’s three-year, 36,000-mile factory warranty covers defective parts that do not work as they are intended, they do not cover inherent design flaws with vehicle parts. The plaintiff’s case hinged on the fact that GM had expressly breached its own warranty claims, so it was thus thrown out.
Additionally, the plaintiff alleged GM knew about the allegedly defective wheels and continued to sell affected vehicles to customers anyway. The judge said that with claims such as this, a plaintiff “is typically required to allege how the defendant obtained knowledge of a specific defect prior to the plaintiff’s purchase of the defective product.” Because the plaintiff could not say how GM obtained knowledge of the defect prior to them purchasing their C7 Corvette Z06 or C7 Corvette Grand Sport, this was claim was also deemed invalid.
The plaintiff in this Corvette cracked rims suit alleges the lightweight aluminum alloy wheels that come standard on the C7 Corvette Z06 and Grand Sport are prone to bending, warping and/or cracking. This is a widely documented and discussed problem in the C7 Corvette owners community, with Corvette chief engineer Tadge Juechter having previously acknowledged the issue to owners through an online forum. Juechter said the problem can be caused by owners hitting potholes or other bumps in the road and then continuing to drive on the wheel, which can cause it to warp severely.
A number of other suits have been filed over the Corvette cracked rims problem, including two separate ones in April and October of this year. We’ll continue to follow these cases as they progress through the courts, as this is a worrying and seemingly widespread issue among C7 Corvette Z06 and Grand Sport owners.