A class-action lawsuit filed against General Motors over issues related to the starter motors on certain fifth- and sixth-generation Chevy Camaro models has been partly dismissed by a United States District Judge.
This class-action suit was filed by eight plaintiffs in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware. The filing claims that 2010 model year and later Chevy Camaro models are equipped with a heatshield that fails to adequately protect the engine starter from heat damage. In affected vehicles, the engine heat allegedly can melt the wires leading to the starter motor and also damage the solenoids. This can apparently lead to the battery draining, as more battery power is required to start the vehicle. Plaintiffs also allege that Chevy dealerships install equally as defective heat shields and starter motors during the repair process and fail to adequately address the problems.
The judge presiding over this case dismissed implied warranty and unjust enrichment claims in the filing this week, along with certain express warranty claims, according to a report from Car Complaints. The publication says four of the plaintiffs’ warranties had already expired by the time they tried to get the cars repaired, negating implied warranty claims. Certain warranty claims also failed because the owners waited too long to file the lawsuit after they first experienced the problems listed in the class action filing.
The judge also dismissed all Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act claims, as this would require at least 100 plaintiffs for a nationwide class-action suit. This proceeding only included eight total plaintiffs. Some warranty-related claims were dismissed with prejudice and cannot be refiled, Car Complaints also said.
While these claims were dismissed, the judge is allowing the consumer protection claims in the suit to go forth, as plaintiffs successfully plead that GM likely knew of the starter motor problems and that their vehicle’s value was diminished as a result of the widespread issue.
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