A class action lawsuit was filed against General Motors Co. (GM) in a California federal court last month. The automaker was accused of marketing two types of pickup trucks that don’t live up to their advertised towing capacity. GMC Sierra owner Richard Quintero alleged that GM alerted nationwide owners of 2014 GMC Sierra 1500 Series and Chevrolet Silverado 1500 pickup trucks at the end of 2014 that the company had miscalculated the trucks’ towing capacities and that the actual amount they could tow was about 2,000 pounds less than advertised. It was further alleged:
Had plaintiff and class members known the 2014 GMC Sierra’s and the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado’s actual towing capability at the time of purchase, and the safety hazard posed by towing loads in excess of a vehicle’s capacity, they would not have bought the class vehicles or would have paid much less for them.
The suit includes claims against GM for breach of express warranty, negligent misrepresentation and a violation of California consumer protection laws. The Plaintiff seeks to represent all owners and lessees of the two truck models. Quintero is represented by Raymond P. Boucher and Maria L. Weitz of Boucher LLP, John A. Yanchunis, Marcio W. Valladares and Patrick A. Barthle II of Morgan & Morgan Complex Litigation Group, and Paul R. Kiesel, Jeffrey A. Koncius and Mariana Aroditis of Kiesel Law LLP. The case is in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.