General Motors LLC is on the receiving end of a proposed class action that alleges hundreds of thousands of its vehicles suffer from the “Chevy Shake,” a defect the lawsuit claims stems from faulty drive shafts that cause certain models to shake violently when they hit highway cruising speeds.
The GM vehicles the case says were equipped with defective drive shafts are:
- 2015-present Cadillac Escalade;
- 2014-present Chevrolet Silverado;
- 2015-present Chevrolet Suburban;
- 2015-present Chevrolet Tahoe;
- 2014-present GMC Sierra; and
- 2015-present GMC Yukon/Yukon XL.
According to the complaint, the drive shaft, which is sometimes referred to as a “propeller shaft” or “prop shaft,” in the above GM vehicle models is an aluminum tube that runs the length of a vehicle’s interior and is responsible for transmitting torque and rotation from the engine to the wheels. This essential component must be precisely designed, manufactured, balanced and weighted given that it rotates at high speeds and is integral in a vehicle’s movement.
The so-called “Chevy Shake” came to light after drivers reported their vehicles feeling “unstable” at high speeds, which may result in loss of control, the case states. If unaddressed, the apparent defect can cause the driveshaft to deteriorate, according to the lawsuit, which may eventually cause the component to drop out of the vehicle entirely and render the car undriveable. Owners and lessees of affected GM models, the suit stresses, have effectively overpaid for not just their cars, but for the time and expense required for mechanics to “attempt, and fail, to properly diagnose and repair vehicles.”
As the lawsuit tells it, GM possessed knowledge of the alleged Chevy Shake defect yet failed to disclose such to consumers, and instead continued to sell and lease vehicles while omitting the hazard from buyers and lessees. Further, General Motors, despite the issue’s well-documented status, has failed to issue a recall, the complaint points out, nor has the company notified the public of the existence and nature of the Chevy Shake defect.
The lawsuit, which can be read below, looks to cover all consumers nationwide who bought or leased any of the General Motors vehicle models listed above.