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GM fuel economy settlement progress

Judge Clears Path for GM Fuel Economy Case Settlement

July 20, 2017
A federal judge in Michigan has given preliminary approval to a multimillion-dollar deal that would allow General Motors to settle a proposed class action suit alleging that the automaker overstated the fuel economy of three of its SUVs.

The suit alleges that GM advertised that the three vehicles in question achieved 22 miles per gallon (MPG), yet they attained rates no greater than 17 mpg.

The vehicles named in the suit are the Chevrolet Traverse, the Buick Enclave, and the GMC Acadia, all of the model year 2016.

If the deal is approved, it would bring an end to the suit, filed in 2016 by Sean Tolmasoff. Tolmasoff alleges that GM knew or should have known that its vehicles’ advertised fuel economies were significantly above their actual fuel economies, and that the company was obligated to pass on such information to buyers.

Under the terms of the settlement deal, owners or lessors of the vehicles can receive a check for the difference between the stated and the actual fuel economies, or a $2000 credit toward the purchase of another GM vehicle within three years.

Final consideration of the deal is slated for November.

If you believe that Big Auto has manipulated you into buying a vehicle, you may be entitled to a settlement. Contact to learn how we can help you.

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