General Motors has been hit with a class-action lawsuit over claims that it misled consumers by installing the incorrect trailering information labels in certain 2020 model year Chevy Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500 pickup trucks.
The class-action lawsuit, which was in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, names a plaintiff who purchased a 2020 GMC Siera 1500 new from General Motors. The plaintiff allegedly believed his truck had a maximum gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 16,800 pounds, as the owner’s manual advises customers to consult the trailering information label in order not to exceed the maximum combined weight rating.
According to Car Complaints, General Motors later sent the plaintiff a letter as part of a service update that indicated his truck was fitted with an incorrect trailering information label that misstated the vehicle’s GCWR by 1,800 pounds. The letter also contained the right trailering information label and instructions on how to properly place the sticker on the inside of the driver’s side doorjamb. As a result, the plaintiff alleges they were misled with regard to the towing capabilities of their 2020 GMC Sierra 1500 due to the presence of this incorrect trailering information label.
General Motors has issued multiple service updates to replace incorrect trailering information labels on certain truck and SUV models this year, including two separate service updates for the 2020 model year Chevy Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500. The automaker began using VIN-specific trailering labels for certain vehicles in 2019, which include the truck’s gross vehicle weight rating, gross combined weight rating, curb weight, maximum payload and other information pertinent to the vehicle’s towing performance.
The Florida class action lawsuit over this issue is open to all current and former owners and lessees of 2020 model year GMC Sierra 1500 and 2020 Chevy Silverado 1500 pickups.