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Legal trouble is something that anybody that has any public image refrains from getting involved in, and if you are an automobile manufacturer-YIKES!
Well, it looks like General Motors is again put on a stand against the legal system in the United States as the domestic manufacturer faces a class-action lawsuit. The lawsuit has been filed by a Californian resident Rebecca Casey who claims to be the owner of a 2014 Buick Enclave, which turned into a constant headache for her. Ms. Casey had purchased her Enclave back in December of 2016 with a tad over 70,000 miles on the odometer and has been bothered by problems since April of 2018 when she brought it back to a Buick dealership for repairs with a mileage of just over 89,000 miles.
Ms. Casey had made it known that her Enclave’s stability and traction warning lights went haywire while the onboard trip computer displayed a warning signaling reduced power. The mechanics at the dealership discovered that the fuse block ignition bus had come undone after they had run a diagnostics check to figure out the issue. Ms. Casey was then informed of the same, charged for the repairs, and sent her way. But alas, it was not a very hassle-free experience as she had to return a couple of months later with a dashboard that looked more like a Christmas tree as her check engine light, traction control light, and trip computer were playing a game of chicken with each other. The dealership technicians then replaced the entire fuse block ignition bus after writing it off as a defective unit and again had Ms. Casey compensate for the repairs.
The class-action lawsuit that has been filed by Ms. Rebecca Casey claims that the fuse blocks installed in the 2013-2017 Buick Enclave amongst other General Motors vehicles in the form of the 2013-2017 Chevrolet Traverse, 2013-2016 GMC Acadia and 2017 GMC Acadia Limited that share the same platform are defective from the get-go and can disrupt the flow of electricity throughout the vehicle which could stop the car from firing up or come to a screeching halt if in motion. It is also claimed that this happens mostly due to one of the relay terminals conking off which can be traced back to the vibrations caused by the engine, the fact that the open terminal is free to move around the vehicle is why there is tsunami of error and check engine codes which Ms. Casey deems, can be solved by sufficiently tightening the prongs used in the terminals.
The class-action lawsuit does have a strong back on its case as General Motors themselves have acknowledged the issue being quite prevalent and putting out two separate bulletins that mention the lack of proper fitting of the Terminal no. 51 in X50A fuse block in Underhood X3, which can result in the affected vehicles display symptoms that are identical to the ones exhibited by Ms. Casey’s vehicle. The fact that General Motors still expects the owners to pay for this repair if the car has surpassed its warranty period is extremely shameful is the primary basis of Ms. Casey’s lawsuit.
Will GM accept their mistake and compensate the affected owner? Its is a question that shall be answered by the trusted Judicial System of America. Still, it does come off as quite lousy publicity for a domestic brand.
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