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Chevrolet Vehicles Fail to Detect They Are in Park Class Action

General Motors is responsible for the Chevrolet line of vehicles, which this class action alleges has an odd defect. According to the complaint, certain Chevrolet models sometimes fail to detect that they have been placed in Park. Owners and lessees of these vehicles, the complaint alleges, “are unable to shut off their vehicles and, to avoid battery discharge, are forced to resort to try to trick their vehicles to detect” that they have been shifted to Park.

The class for this action is all persons or entities in Illinois who bought or leased any of the following vehicles:

  • 2016-2019 Chevrolet Malibu
  • 2016-2019 Chevrolet Volt
  • 2018-2019 Chevrolet Traverse
  • 2019 Chevrolet Blazer vehicles

The plaintiff in this case, Ben Emmrich, the complaint alleges, “has repeatedly found himself stuck inside his vehicle at home, running errands, at children’s day care, and at various other places away from home, unable to shut off his vehicle.” The vehicle shows a “Shift to Park” error message, even though it is already in Park.

The complaint claims that, in order to get the vehicle to recognize that it’s in Park, he “was forced to repeatedly wiggle the shifter, shift it through its gears, and start and shut off the engine.”

The complaint claims that General Motors is aware of the defect. It quotes from online postings at carcomplaints.com and other websites citing the same problem:

  • “Once my car is stopped and I shift to P (park) and I try to turn off my vehicle it still gives me the ‘shift to park’ message. The shift gear has previously been replaced by the car dealership.”
  • “The engine turns off but all other system[s are] still on. My radio and lights will not turn off. It[’]s a pain [be]cause you have to keep messing with it…”
  • “The strange thing is that the car already knows it is in [P]ark; letting off that gas doesn’t make me roll forward or backward, and the display under the speedometer shows I am very clearly in Park.”
  • “Called a dealership and told it will cost to look at even though still under 100% warranty.”

The complaint alleges that General Motors has known of the defect for a long time, and that it issued its first service bulletin on the problem in January 2017. However, the complaint claims that the company has refused to publicly admit to the problem and that it will not fix the defect, forcing owners and lessees to pay for repairs by themselves. In the meantime, it continues to sell the vehicles.

Article Type: Lawsuit
Topic: Automobile

Most Recent Case Event

Chevrolet Vehicles Fail to Detect They Are in Park Class Action

November 8, 2021

General Motors is responsible for the Chevrolet line of vehicles, which this class action alleges has an odd defect. According to the complaint, certain Chevrolet models sometimes fail to detect that they have been placed in Park. Owners and lessees of these vehicles, the complaint alleges, “are unable to shut off their vehicles and, to avoid battery discharge, are forced to resort to try to trick their vehicles to detect” that they have been shifted to Park.

Chevrolet Vehicles Fail to Detect They Are in Park Class Action

Case Event History

Chevrolet Vehicles Fail to Detect They Are in Park Class Action

November 8, 2021

General Motors is responsible for the Chevrolet line of vehicles, which this class action alleges has an odd defect. According to the complaint, certain Chevrolet models sometimes fail to detect that they have been placed in Park. Owners and lessees of these vehicles, the complaint alleges, “are unable to shut off their vehicles and, to avoid battery discharge, are forced to resort to try to trick their vehicles to detect” that they have been shifted to Park.

Chevrolet Vehicles Fail to Detect They Are in Park Class Action
Tags: Defective Automobile, Defective Gear Shifter