General Motors released a statement denying allegations of emissions cheating involving its Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra Duramax diesel truck models. GM is facing a class action lawsuit involving allegations that it installed emissions “defeat devices” on these vehicles, as well as other lawsuits filed on behalf of individual Chevy and GMC truck owners.
According to the class action lawsuit filed against GM in May, the company installed computer software “defeat devices” on 2011-2016 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra 2500 HD and 3500 HD Duramax diesel truck models. The lawsuit alleges that these defeat devices were programmed to limit the nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions of the affected truck models under certain conditions, causing them to emit lower levels of greenhouse gases than they do under normal driving conditions.
In response to these emissions cheating allegations, GM released a statement claiming that the allegations in the class action lawsuit were false. “These claims are baseless and we will vigorously defend ourselves,” the company said. “The Duramax Diesel Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra comply with all U.S. EPA and CARB emissions regulations.”
More than 700,000 Chevy and GMC trucks were equipped by GM with the emissions control systems allegedly containing the defeat devices. This system – known as an electronic diesel control (EDC) system – was manufactured by Bosch, which has also been embroiled in auto emissions scandals involving Volkswagen and Chrysler.
According to the class action lawsuit against GM, consumers who purchased one of the Chevy or GMC diesel trucks affected by the automaker’s alleged emissions cheating paid about $5,000 more for these vehicles than they would have for comparable gasoline-powered models. Owners of one of the affected truck models may be eligible to take legal action against GM for the excess costs they have incurred for the environmental and performance benefits that were advertised by the company.
Auto Emissions Lawsuits Filed by Heygood, Orr & Pearson
If you own or lease a 2011-2016 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra 2500 HD and 3500 HD Duramax diesel truck, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit against GM over the company’s alleged emissions cheating. The first step in finding out if you qualify is to speak with an experienced attorney to learn more about your legal rights and discuss the first steps in filing a case.
The lawyers at Heygood, Orr & Pearson have filed several emissions cheating lawsuits against U.S. and European automakers. One of our partners, Michael Heygood, served on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee that helped to oversee a $14.7 billion settlement with Volkswagen as part of the Dieselgate multidistrict litigation (MDL) in California. In addition to lawsuits filed against VW and Audi, Heygood, Orr & Pearson is also representing Audi, Chrysler and GM owners who have been affected by alleged emissions cheating by these automakers.
During their decades of combined legal experience, the lawyers at Heygood, Orr & Pearson have taken on some of the world’s largest corporations on behalf of our clients. Our law firm has the financial resources to handle even the most complex cases from beginning to end. In many instances, our firm has invested hundreds of thousands of dollars in a case in order to take it to trial on behalf of our clients. Our attorneys are committed to achieving justice for the clients we serve, whatever the cost.
For more information about the emissions cheating lawsuits filed against General Motors and to learn more about whether you qualify to file a claim, contact the lawyers at Heygood, Orr & Pearson by calling us toll-free at 1-877-446-9001. You can also reach us by following the link to our free case evaluation form and answering a few short questions about your vehicle to get started.