Is your GMC a lemon?

If you’ve been experiencing persistent issues with your GMC vehicle, the manufacturer has the opportunity to fix the issues. However, if a reasonable number of repair attempts have been made to no avail, then it’s within your rights to file a lemon law claim. If you’re unsure whether your GMC qualifies as a lemon, don’t hesitate to reach out to us — we’re highly experienced when it comes to GMC lemon law and GMC recalls, and have already successfully brought several cases against GMC.

Common GMC Defects

Some issues that you may experience with your GMC truck or SUV might include, but are certainly not limited to, the following:

  • Engine issues or failure
  • Oil leakage
  • Issues with navigation
  • Rough idling
  • Difficulty getting into gear
  • Abnormal engine vibration
  • Problems with dashboard lights
  • Faulty A/C
  • Power steering issues
  • GMC recalls, such as GMB Sierra recalls and GMC Terrain recalls

How Shainfeld Law Can Help With Your GMC Lemon

Your GMC won’t be classified as a lemon unless its issues considerably impair your safety, or the value and use of your car. The manufacturer will likely try to stop you from getting the compensation you deserve, which is why you need an experienced attorney on your side. Whether your car is new or used, we’ll help you get the GMC buyback you deserve for your lemon. Give us a call for a free consultation on your GMC vehicle today.

What does “reasonable number of attempts at repair” mean for your GMC?

When you start to experience trouble with your GMC vehicle, the manufacturer has the opportunity to make a reasonable number of repair attempts. This means that they don’t get unlimited time when trying to repair your defective vehicle — at some point, you deserve to be compensated. So what constitutes a “reasonable number” of repairs? While lemon laws differ from state to state, if you’re a GMC owner living in California, the following criteria must be met in order to pursue a lemon law claim or a GMB buyback:

  • The manufacturer is aware of the problems, and you’ve made four or more attempts to repair the vehicle.
  • You’ve made two or more attempts to repair an issue that could result in death or serious injury.
  • The issue has caused your car to be in the shop or undrivable for more than 30 days since you first purchased the vehicle.

Recent GMC Recalls

A vehicle recall notice can truly be a blessing in disguise. Let’s face it: most of us out on the roads are not mechanics. Changing a tire? Sure, that may be doable. But the reality of many problems outlined in recall notices is that they’re highlighting an issue that tends to go completely unnoticed by drivers, issues that don’t reveal themselves until a challenging event like an accident is caused.

So how does a recall come to fruition? Are all recalls the product of tragic accidents? To the latter, fortunately, the answer is a resounding no. Recalls are created through a process by which either a car manufacturer, the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA), or both simultaneously, notice and investigate patterns of abnormal malfunction in vehicles that don’t reflect the normal wear and tear that a car would experience in everyday use. When cars are brought into local dealerships with problems, auto technicians investigate and log errors in equipment; their expertise tends to be the first stop in identifying malfunctions that constitute a recall, and they can push abnormal issues through the proper pipelines to have them further investigated at the manufacturer’s level.

Regardless, the problems are logged and when patterns emerge, auto manufacturers research internal records to recognize both the source of the problem, how to fix it and the dates of vehicles affected. The recall is then issued, typically by mail, by which registered vehicle owners are sent correspondence making them aware that their vehicle needs to be brought in for maintenance to correct the recall.

Of course, if you purchased your vehicle pre-owned, the manufacturer may not have the proper information to notify you directly. It’s for this reason, along with changes of address and other possible concerns that would affect correspondence, that vehicle owners should stay on top of recall notices by checking online at the NHTSA website or manufacturer website.

Let’s look at some recent GMC recalls for some examples:

2018 GMC Terrain SUV Airbag Recall

Just over 88,000 GMC Terrain SUVs were recalled in late 2018 over an airbag sensor failing to power down when a vehicle is shut off, and consequently not powering on properly once the vehicle is restarted. GMC has stated that when the issue is present, the airbag warning lamp will illuminate and warning chimes will sound.

To correct this recall, GMC will perform a free software update to vehicles which will correct the sensor activity. For more information, owners can contact GMC customer service at 800-462-8782 with the GMC recall number 18179.

Steering Malfunction Leads to Over One Million GM and GMC Vehicles Recalled

Over one million GMC 1500 pickups, GMC Yukons and other vehicles under the GM banner have been recalled due to a steering malfunction that can lead to traffic accidents. GM has identified over thirty crashes, two injuries but, fortunately, no fatalities linked to this recall issue.

The issue, a software defect, results in vehicles suddenly losing electric power steering, followed by a sudden return during low-speed turning situations. The nature of the problem makes it critical to address the recall as soon as possible.

Be sure to stay on top of GMC recall notices and utilize best practices as a vehicle owner. Research recalls and have them corrected as soon as possible to avoid accident and injury.

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