Update – November 19, 2019 – Settlement Receives Final Approval
United States District Judge Robin L. Rosenberg has granted final approval to a settlement that will end the class action litigation concerning excessive oil consumption problems in certain Chevy Equinox and GMC Terrain vehicles. Head over to the ClassAction.org blog for our write-up on the deal.
October 9, 2019 – Judge Asks for “More Robust” Settlement Proposal, Delays Final Approval
United States District Judge Robin L. Rosenberg has held off on granting final approval to the Chevy Equinox/GMC Terrain oil consumption deal and has requested counsel for the plaintiffs and General Motors submit a “more robust” settlement proposal that states explicitly whether total engine replacements are covered. Head over to the ClassAction.org blog for a write-up on the proceedings.
May 17, 2019 – Judge Preliminarily Approves Settlement Deal
The Chevy Equinox and GMC Terrain settlement deal has been preliminarily approved by U.S. District Judge Robin L. Rosenberg. The parties involved will now prepare a notice to be sent out to those eligible for the settlement. The notice is expected to be mailed no later than 30 days after the settlement administrator receives the list of VINs covered by the settlement. The hearing for final approval of the settlement will take place on October 4, 2019. You can read Judge Rosenberg’s order here.
May 9, 2019 – General Motors Consents to Plaintiffs’ Settlement Motion
Counsel for General Motors submitted on May 9 the company’s formal consent to the plaintiffs’ motion for preliminary approval of the proposed settlement. The General Motors court filing can be read here.
April 29, 2019 – Attorneys Submit Motion for Preliminary Approval of Settlement; Details Released
On Friday, April 26, plaintiffs' attorneys submitted to the court a motion for preliminary approval of a proposed settlement to resolve the litigation surrounding excessive oil consumption in certain Chevy Equinox and GMC Terrain SUVs. That document can be read here. The settlement covers 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 model year Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain vehicles equipped with 2.4-liter Ecotec engines. For a complete breakdown of the proposed settlement, head over to our blog.
April 23, 2019 - Settlement Reached
First, the good news: A settlement has been reached to resolve the class action litigation regarding excessive oil consumption in Chevy Equinox vehicles. The joint notice of settlement, which can be read here, was submitted to the court on April 22. With a deal in place, the plaintiffs in the proposed class action filed in Florida have voluntarily dismissed their case. Now, the bad news: There will be just a bit more sitting and waiting. According to the settlement document linked above, counsel for the plaintiffs anticipate they will file a motion for preliminary approval of the settlement no later than Friday, April 26, 2019. Please note that April 26 is just the deadline for all parties to submit their request for approval of the deal to the judge. It may be a while before class notices are sent out and people can claim their piece. ClassAction.org has no further details on the settlement at this time, nor do we know what the settlement could mean for owners/lessees of GMC Terrain vehicles. We’ll bring you the full rundown once the details are made public.
April 12, 2019 - Extension Granted
As we noted over in our blog post covering the settlement talks, the parties involved in this lawsuit have been granted an extension to resolve this case. The parties now have until Friday, April 19, to square everything away. While the court’s original deadline was April 5, U.S. District Judge Robin L. Rosenberg granted an extension request after the parties reported “very significant progress” in their settlement talks. In fact, the attorneys hammering out the deal expressed to the court that “very few issues remain.” According to the court document linked above, the parties are finalizing settlement notices for class members and a motion for preliminary approval of the deal—all very good indicators that things are moving along nicely. We anticipate that a settlement is just over the horizon. We’ll keep you posted and have a full rundown of the settlement once we know more.
February 12, 2019 – Settlement Talks Underway
Settlement talks are now underway to resolve the litigation over excessive oil consumption in certain 2010-2017 Chevy Equinox vehicles. The parties involved in the proposed class action filed in Florida informed the court in early December 2018 that mediation sessions had led to a tentative settlement agreement that would resolve all three class actions regarding the apparent oil problem. At this time, it’s unclear whether the settlement would also cover GMC Terrain vehicles. Read more about the talks on our blog.
Below you’ll find general information on the lawsuits and their allegations.
At A Glance
Anyone who owns or leases a 2010-2017 Chevy Equinox or GMC Terrain and has had problems with their car’s oil consumption.
What’s Going On?
A number of drivers have complained that their cars are burning through oil more quickly than they should. A class action lawsuit was filed over the Equinox vehicles and now attorneys are hammering out the details of a settlement.
How Could a Class Action Help?
A class action lawsuit could help Equinox and Terrain drivers get back money for repairs, the extra oil they had to buy, and the loss of the value of their cars. It could also force General Motors to replace the engines in the affected vehicles.
How Can I Join This Lawsuit?
For just about every class action lawsuit, there's nothing you need to do to join the suit. Class actions generally take a good deal of time to work their way through the legal system. As for claiming your piece of the settlement, we'll update you on the specifics once a deal is reached.
If you own or lease a 2010-2017 Chevy Equinox or a 2010-2015 GMC Terrain and had problems with the car’s oil consumption, you should be aware that a class action lawsuit has been filed against General Motors (GM) that may affect you. Read on for more.
What’s Going On?
A number of drivers have complained that their Chevy Equinoxes and GMC Terrains are consuming oil much more quickly than they should. Some even say that the cars need one quart of oil for every 1,000 miles driven. In light of these complaints, attorneys have taken action against GM.
What do the lawsuits allege, exactly?
The lawsuits against General Motors allege that the 2.4-liter EcoTech engines found in model year 2010-2017 Chevy Equinox and GMC Terrain SUVs burn excessive amounts of oil. The safety risk posed by the apparent defect is substantial, the lawsuits claim, given that an engine operating without sufficient oil could wear down and fail prematurely, even during the course of normal operation, due to friction.
According to the lawsuits, General Motors, for its part, actively concealed from consumers that its Equinox and Terrain vehicles suffered from an oil consumption defect. Worse, the suits say, GM allegedly failed to offer vehicle owners and lessees any help by way of repairs or recalls.
Were the Cars Recalled Over the Oil Consumption Issue?
Unfortunately, no official recall has ever been issued. In July 2015, however, the company sent out a service bulletin titled “Special Coverage Adjustment – Excessive Oil Consumption.”
The service bulletin concerned 2011 Chevy Equinox and GMC Terrain vehicles with 2.4L engines. It warned that these cars could “exhibit excessive oil consumption (less than 2,000 miles per quart of engine oil).” Additionally, the service bulletin noted that:
“If this condition is present, the oil can light may illuminate on the instrument panel or the following message may appear in the Driver Information Center: ‘Oil Pressure Low – Stop Engine.’”
The notice instructed dealers to replace the four piston assemblies on the 2011 models at no charge to the customer. No such fix, however, was ever offered for the other model years.
In fact, consumers have complained that GM’s only policy for the other models is to have the customer bring in the car every 500 miles for an oil check.
What Problems Have Consumers Reported?
Drivers have posted a number of complaints online about their cars burning excessive amounts of oil, stalling, shutting off while driving and other issues. Some of these complaints can be read below [sic throughout]:
Excessive oil consumption has hundreds of complaints. 2012 equinox 130k miles car shuts off at stop signs or pulling out. I'm now replacing the catalytic converter and camshaft actuator. Someone is going to die before this problem is taken seriouly. Nothing but issues since I purchased 3 years ago!” — NHSTA ID NUMBER 10928729, Blythewood, South Carolina
I have a 2012 chevy equinox that i have owned since Aug. 2015. The car uses excessive oil, two or more quarts between oil changes on my four cylinder engine. A web search found this to be a very common problem.” — NHTSA ID NUMBER 11006606, East Berlin, Pennsylvania
While waiting at a red light, my engine turned off. I was able to start it again easily and it drove fine. My check engine light did go on, but then turned off the following morning. Took it to the mechanic that morning anyway, and they said I had no oil. My mileage was at 41,000 and I wasn't due for another change until 44,000. My mechanic said there is a known issue with some GM vehicles burning through oil very quickly, however there is not an official recall.” — CARCOMPLAINTS.COM, Nydia M., Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
I have had more problems with my 2011 Chevy Equinox, uses about a Qt of oil every 500-800 miles, went through the Chevy dealer oil consumption test which took months, and they told me it was within normal limits? REALLY are you kidding me? I have never had a car use as much oil as this one does…” — CARCOMPLAINTS.COM, jammz, Spanaway, Washington
I absolutely HATE the gmc terrain. It has been nothing more then a constant stress and worry in my life. I have spent 5000 dollars to replace the engine and it almost happened again this morning even though the oil life said 33% and it was UNDER the 5000 miles. When they checked the oil, it was 1 quart and a half low and didn't even register on the dip stick." — CarComplaints.com, carolinehowse, Conway, USA
The biggest issue is over the last 3 years there has been excessive oil consumption, no oil leak just the engine continues to burn the oil up leaving nothing in it. With synthetic oil you are suppose to get 5k miles out of it before a oil change but I constantly had to have additional oil put in around 2k miles…It is a pain to deal with and just now it took a turn for the worse because I was driving down the road and the check engine light came on and the next time I tried to turn on the car it wouldn't start. Had it towed to the mechanic and it turns out the engine is a total loss because there wasn't any oil. The last oil change I had was LESS than 2k miles ago. GMC has no recalls but knows it is an issue with 2011 Terrains because the dealerships are offering a test to determine if the vehicle is overly consuming oil and will potentially change out the pistons if they validate the issue. It would have been nice to be notified of this before my engine gave out to see if it would have solved the issue but it's to late now. I'm replacing the engine because I still have 2 years left on the loan but can't wait to be done with this car. If you or know of anyone looking at buying a GMC Terrain it will be the worst car decision ever made. I hope GMC will do the right thing and recall this issue or at least do something knowing these issues exist." — CarComplaints.com, mcloner11, Massillon, USA
It is believed that not only is the oil consumption issue annoying, it can also pose a safety risk as it can cause engine failure while the cars are in motion. In addition, because of the number of complaints about the issue, it is suspected that GM knows about the problem, but won’t recall all the affected models or provide a suitable repair.