As GM Authority has extensively covered in the past, General Motors has dealt with numerous class-action lawsuits over transmission issues regarding the GMC Acadia. Now, the Detroit-based automaker has been hit with another Acadia shifting lawsuit, this time in The Volunteer State, or Tennessee.
According to a report from Car Complaints, the lawsuit alleges that the 2017 Acadia and 2018 Acadia have a condition where a defect of the Shift to Park message causes the crossover to remain running even after the vehicle has been shifted in Park, thus not allowing the driver to safely turn the vehicle off.
The plaintiff claims that in order to successfully shift her GMC Acadia into Park, she had to jiggle the gear shifter from Park to Neutral or Drive, and then put the shifter back into Park. In addition, she claims to have taken her vehicle to the dealer to remedy the issue, but dealer repair orders don’t support this claim.
“The Subject Vehicle never rolled away [and] Ms. Jefferson was always able to start and turn off the Subject Vehicle,” the lawsuit states. “Plaintiff drove the Subject Vehicle regularly between the time when she purchased it in October of 2017 and when she traded in the vehicle in February of 2021. Ms. Jefferson testified that she took her vehicle to the Dealership on or about March of 2019, when the Dealership informed her that her warranty had expired and that she would be required to pay $144 for an inspection. At that time, her vehicle had been driven at least 48,891 miles. She did not have the vehicle inspected or complain about the STP defect to the Dealership or any other dealership after March of 2019.”
As a reminder, General Motors filed to dismiss similar class-action lawsuits back in August 2020, which was partially granted. Judge Jon P. McCalla dismissed claims regarding loss-of-use damages and injunctive relief, but refused to dismiss breach of contract and breach of express warranty claims.