A class of consumers won a $102.6 million trial against General Motors LLC in California. The lawsuit, Siqueiros et al. v. General Motors LLC, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, No. 3:16-cv-07244, centered around the allegations that General Motors knew about an engine issue which caused stalling and premature breakdowns in their SUVs and trucks. In 2010, GM issued dealer recommendations to address the issue and, when those recommendations failed to adequately address the issue, they changed their engine design in 2011. However, they discontinued the engine in 2014 after the redesigned engine still did not address the issue.
Owners of approximately 38,000 GM SUVs and trucks sold in California, North Carolina, and Idaho from 2011-2014 that contain the Generation IV Vortec 5300LC0 engine will each receive $2,700. GM plans to appeal.
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