The Chevrolet Corvette Wheel Controversy Continues
Many consider the Chevrolet Corvette as America’s sports car. It is one of GM’s halo cars and symbolizes beauty in motion. However, a small number of Chevrolet Corvette owners are suing the automaker claiming that the wheels on a previous generation can crack or warp. The lawsuit which a federal judge just ruled can continue does not apply to the 2021 Chevrolet mid-engine Corvette. It only affects the 2015-2019 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 and 2017-2019 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport.
The Corvette Wheels Lawsuit
The lawsuit was filed in federal court in Detroit, Michigan. According to Carcomplaints.com, the lawsuit alleges that “General Motors equipped the cars with cast aluminum alloy wheels that cannot handle the torque and power input from the cars.”
The plaintiffs claim that GM knew the cast wheels are too weak and should have used forged wheels instead. The Corvette owners who are suing say that GM is perpetuating the problem because it replaces the defective wheels with wheels that are also defective. The plaintiffs point out that it is an expensive problem, because each wheel can cost well over a thousand dollars to replace.
The owners say that when the wheels start to warp, it allows the tire to lose air pressure, creating even more problems. Replacing wheels and tires really adds up. They say it becomes even more frustrating because the replacement wheel can have the same problems.
Carcompalints.com cites one example where a Corvette owner said he paid $4,700 to replace three of his wheels with only 1,100 miles on the odometer.
General Motors Asked Judge to Dismiss the Lawsuit
The lawsuit only has 18 plaintiffs which is a very small number compared to the number of Corvettes sold during the time period. General Motors has blamed driver error and potholes for the wheel issues. The cracked wheels are not covered under warranty.
General Motors filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit but the federal judge said it can continue. GM says so far there is no proof that that the cracked wheels were not caused by bad roads.
While at this point there are only 18 people suing, other Corvette owners could join the lawsuit, because it is a listed as a class action.
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