Defective Engine Lawsuit against GM Dismissed
Judge Dismisses Defective Engine Suit against GM
August 7, 2017
A federal judge in California has dismissed a proposed class action suit against General Motors from a group of plaintiffs who had claimed that the engines installed in several GM vehicles consume oil at an abnormally high rate.
Judge Edward Chen dismissed the case for a lack of evidence of the mechanical problem, as well as a lack of evidence that GM knew about the alleged defect – another of the plaintiffs’ key claims.
The suit had claimed that the Generation IV Vortec 5300 engine, which drives several GM vehicles, contains defective oil rings that permit engine oil to enter the combustion chamber. The drivers claimed that that mechanical problem created a fire hazard.
In dismissing the case for lack of evidence, Judge Chen gave the drivers 30 days to amend their complaint. Counsel for the plaintiffs indicated that the complaint will indeed be amended and resubmitted.
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