A class-action lawsuit filed against General Motors over issues related to the cast alloy wheels on certain C7 Corvette Grand Sport and C7 Corvette Z06 models has been allowed to proceed after the automaker sought to have the suit thrown out.
This lawsuit was filed against GM in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan and includes 18 plaintiffs. These owners claim the cast alloy wheels on 2015-2019 model year C7 Corvette Z06 and 2017-2019 model year C7 Corvette Grand Sport cars are prone to warping, deforming and cracking. The plaintiffs also say they have had to pay $1,000 or more to replace wheels once they bend, but the replacement wheels are equally as defective as the originals that came with their vehicle. This suit is one of a handful that has been filed against GM over this widespread issue in the past couple of years.
GM sought to have this lawsuit dismissed as the wheel defects mentioned in the suit are apparently a design defect rather than a manufacturing defect, and are thus not covered by the vehicle’s factory warranty. The automaker also says the problem is not its fault, placing blame on the owners for their driving style and for running over large potholes. Additionally, GM told the judge that certain plaintiffs’ cars were not within their factory warranty period when the cars were brought to dealerships for repairs, according to Car Complaints, nullifying their claims.
Despite this, the judge is allowing the case against GM to proceed. The judge also ruled in the plaintiffs’ favor regarding claims related to the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, which GM attempted to have thrown out as there were are not the usual required 100 plaintiffs in the case. The case is allowed to move ahead based on claims related to the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, express and implied warranty, consumer protection and injunctive relief.
Corvette chief engineer Tadge Juechter has previously addressed this widespread issue, even providing feedback to owners in an online forum discussing the matter. Juechter said in the post that pressure cracks can form in the wheel if the driver hits potholes and other deformities on the road, which can then weaken the wheel and cause it to bend and warp as they drive down the road.
“Since it is hundreds or thousands of miles after the damaging event, the driver often can’t remember hitting anything that would justify a crack in the wheel,” Juechter said in the post. “I have actually experienced this myself.”
We’ll provide an update on this latest C7 Corvette wheel lawsuit as it moves through the courts.