GM Recalls 2014 Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra 1500s

General Motors has recalled almost 700,000 2014 Chevy Silverado 1500s and 2014 GMC Sierra 1500s  for a potentially dangerous steering defect.

These trucks’ power steering assist (“EPS”) can cut out, especially during low speed turns, and then return suddenly.  This may result in a loss of control of the vehicle.  Additional symptoms of the problem may include other electrical systems cutting out and warning light indicators going off.

The loss and sudden return of EPS assist typically happens within a one second period and is caused by an electrical/software issue.

The recall follows National Highway Traffic Safety Administration report #17V414 on General Motor’s Electronic Power Steering assist on this make and model vehicle.  NHTSA said the fault occurs when the system voltage drops below 8.8 volts for more than one second, or during low-speed turn. EPS assist is disabled until voltage returns to 9 volts for a minimum of 40 milliseconds, at which point EPS assist returns.  According to GM the underlying problem is a defect in the EPS module software.

GM’s fix is to reprogram the EPS module.  Consumers can also call Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020 or GMC customer service at 1-800-432-8782 for assistance. GM’s number for this recall is 17276.

 

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Have you done all that and are getting nowhere with GM?  If you are having steering problems with your 2014 Chevy Silverado or GMC Sierra, you may be entitled compensation.  Call the Law Office of Howard Gutman for a free consultation on your claim.

Dodge Dart Transmission Problems

A class action lawsuit was filed regarding problems with 2013-2016  Dodge Dart manual transmissions.  The problem lies with the clutch failing to engage the gears, resulting in potentially serious and dangerous problems.

Vehicles

  • 2013-2016 Dodge Dart vehicles equipped with a Fiat C635 manual transmission that cause their vehicles’ clutches to fail and stick to the floor.

Symptoms

  • Plaintiffs claim the “clutch pedal loses pressure, sticks to the floor, and fails to engage/disengage gears. As a result, the Class Vehicles exhibit stalling, failure to accelerate, and premature failure of the Clutch System’s components, including the clutch master cylinder (“CMC”) and reservoir hose, clutch slave cylinder (“CSC”) and release bearing, clutch disc, pressure plate, and flywheel (the “clutch defect”).”

Underlying Causes

  • The clutch defect is caused by the degradation of the clutch reservoir hose, which releases plasticizer and fibers, causing contamination of the hydraulic fluid that bathes the components of the Clutch System.
  • As a result, the contamination causes the internal and external seals of the CMC and CSC to swell and fail.  According to Plaintiffs, when fluid in the hydraulic system becomes contaminated, all of the components that have been exposed to the contaminated fluid must be replaced and any steel tubing must also be thoroughly cleaned with brake cleaner and blown out until dry to ensure that none of the contaminants remain.
  • Plaintiffs also claim an additional defect in the CSC which exacerbates the problems with the Clutch System. FCA designed its CSC as an assembly composed of an aluminum body with a clipped-on plastic base whereas other manufacturers’ slave cylinders are composed of a single, solid cast aluminum component which creates a rigid base.

Call the Law Office of Howard Gutman at 973-598-1980 for a free consultation on your Dodge Dart claim.

2018 Toyota Camrys Recalled – May Need New Engine

 

product recall

Some 2018 Toyota Camrys may need a new engine.  According to Cars.com, Toyota is issuing a recall on a small number (so far) of their popular 2018 Toyota Camry vehicles.  Some of the pistons used in the engine are too large, possibly resulting in the vehicle running rough, making loud noises, emitting smoke, warning lights illuminating, and other symptoms.  The fix is a replacement of the entire engine.

 

CarComplaints, which tracks reported problems and recalls by vehicle type, says of the 2018 Toyota Camry recall,

 

“The problem can be so bad the 2.5L, 4 cylinder A25A-FKS engines can stop running while the cars are moving.

The automaker will start mailing recall notices in May 2018. Toyota dealers will inspect the production date codes of the pistons and replace the engines if needed.”

If you are having problems with your Camry, contact the Law Office of Howard Gutman at (973)598-1980 for a free consultation on your issue.

Chevy Equinox Problems

Chevrolet owners have reported multiple problems with their late-model Equinox vehicles, particularly surrounding transmission, engine, and oil consumption issues.  Owners may be entitled to compensation, repurchase, and other relief.

Chevy Equinox Problems

 

One typical problem has been the transmission, with lurching, jerking, erratic performance, and whining noise reported.  Others have reported engine problems with the Equinox with complaints including,

  • Excessive Oil Consumption
  • Engine Stalls/Dies While Driving
  • Check Engine Light On
  • Lost Power/ Stabiltrack Needs Servicing
  • Engine Jerks
  • Fuel In The Crankcase
  • Running Rough

We are actively handling Chevrolet Equinox claims.  Call for a free consultation on your vehicle and compensation for your vehicle problems.

Chevrolet Silverado Truck Vibration

FREE CONSULTATION ON YOUR CHEVY SILVERADO VIBRATION CONCERN

2015 Chevrolet Silverado trucks have a vibration problem.  The trucks are 6-cylinders, and some suggest a feature called “active fuel management” caused the engine to run erratically on 4 cylinders to achieve  fuel efficiency.    GM has issued service bulletins on the subject, including “PI1354C: Information on Vibration Analysis and Diagnostic” and PIP5228A.  We have set forth reports filed with the NHTSA about the problem.

Owners may be entitled to compensation for repair costs, inconvenience, and other damages.

 

NHTSA Complaints

NHTSA Chevrolet Silverado Truck Vibration

Enclosed are excerpts from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration database.  You can find recalls and complaints about 2015 Chevy Silverados on the NHTSA website:  https://www.nhtsa.gov/vehicle/2015/CHEVROLET/SILVERADO%2525202500/PU%25252FCC/4WD

 

Vehicle Identification No. (VIN): 3GCUKREH4FG…

SUMMARY:

“The trucks have a vibration that is felt in the steering wheel, floor, seats, accelerator and brake pedals etc. while driving.  The major consensus is that the worst is 76 mph, yet it is felt to a lesser degree at any speed, with some being worse than others.  There are a large number of trucks with this issue, yet General Motors refuses to do anything about it.  It began within a couple weeks of purchasing my truck.  I found people first reporting the issue in 2015, and more recently it continues with the 2015 and 2016 model years.”

Date Complaint Filed: 02/21/2016
Manufacturer: General Motors Chevrolet Truck Vibration

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Vehicle Identification No. (VIN): 3GCUKTEC2FG…

SUMMARY:

“I purchased a brand new 2015 Silverado on 7/24/15 and at about 700 miles or so I noticed a bad vibration as the truck was in motion, took it back to the dealer cause I was very upset it being a $56,000.00 truck and all.  They wanted me to leave the truck overnight and did not offer any vehicle to drive so I did not leave it with them.  So I took the truck to Ratfield Tire and had the tires balanced, all 4 tires were out of balance, which I paid for out of pocket myself not GM…  This did not fix the problem of the severe vibration going down the road.  I then took the truck to another dealer for the vibration, they test drove it and confirmed the vibration, did a road force balance on all 4 wheels, then replaced all tires, this also has not fixed the problem, the truck is still vibrating, the entire seat just shakes, I am presently waiting on another appointment with dealer.  The service manager told me himself after replacing all 4 tires that it felt like a balance issue inside the motor which there is no fix, now that is crazy… I feel that this truck should be replaced or my money back entirely.  The truck only has a little over 2000 miles cause it makes me sick to drive it…”

Date Complaint Filed: 01/05/2016
Manufacturer: General Motors Chevrolet Truck Vibration

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Vehicle Identification No. (VIN): 1GC1KXE83FF…

SUMMARY:

“Has a vibration at 65, turns into a bad shake at 75.”

Manufacturer: General Motors Chevrolet Truck Vibration

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Vehicle Identification No. (VIN): Not Available

SUMMARY:

“I was traveling down the highway at approximately 75 mph when I was accelerating over an overpass the vehicle began to vibrate  with an associated humming noise and after about two seconds after each vibration started a very loud and violent banging sound came from under the vehicle that was felt from the inside.”

Manufacturer: General Motors Chevrolet Truck Vibration

 

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Owners of this defective vehicle may be entitled to compensation.  We offer a free consultation as part of our continuing investigation into defects in these cars.  Call (973) 598-1980, or email [email protected]

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