A class-action lawsuit has been filed against General Motors over the commonly reported ‘Shift to Park’ issue that some of its vehicles experience, including the Chevy Malibu, Blazer, Traverse and Volt.
This class action lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan by three separate plaintiffs in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Maryland, Car Complaints reports. The suit alleges certain GM vehicles fail to detect when the gear selector has been shifted into Park, blocking the ability for the user to shut the vehicle off. Typically a ‘Shift to Park’ warning message will appear on the driver information center when this happens. The user can jiggle and or move the gear shifter in order to remedy the issue, although this technique does not always work.
The suit says GM is aware of this widespread issue but has not acted to properly fix affected vehicles. The automaker has issued several technical service bulletins to address similar problems in a range of vehicles, including the Chevy Malibu, Blazer, Bolt and Traverse, as well as the GMC Acadia. Some customers have also paid out of pocket for repairs, which included replacing the entire transmission drive unit as well as the transmission control assembly park switches.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has received several reports from Chevy and GMC owners complaining they have experienced a similar problem with their vehicle. GM Authority did a quick perusal of the owner complaint section on the NHTSA website, which turned up several relevant complaints, including one from an owner who suggested GM issue a full recall for affected Chevy vehicles.
“Get ‘Shift to Park’ message when car is placed in park and turn off ignition,” the complaint read. “This seems to be a common error reported widely on 2016 through 2020 Chevrolet vehicles. I have even seen service bulletins mentioned. Why has Chevrolet not recalled this since it seems to be a weak switch used? This is not covered under the bumper-to-bumper warranty since I have 54,000 miles on a two-year-old car. This shouldn’t be failing after two years”
This isn’t the first time GM has been sued over the seemingly prevalent ‘Shift to Park’ problem. A band of GMC Acadia owners sued the automaker over the issue back in 2019 and two other similar lawsuits were filed in May and August of last year. We’ll provide an update on this latest legal proceeding when more information becomes available.