A class action lawsuit has been filed by a Chevrolet Cruze owner against General Motors Co., alleging that the automaker concealed defects that allowed antifreeze to leak from radiators in 2011 and later Cruze models, and that this damaged the cars. It was alleged by Plaintiff Sheiah Feliciano that the defect can cause mechanical troubles and create a noxious odor inside the cars. GM allegedly knew about the problems from repeated consumer complaints but did not disclose that its cars were not as reliable as promised.
It appears that car owners have been complaining to GM since at least 2012, according to the complaint. It’s alleged that GM issued two service bulletins aimed at fixing the problem. GM continues to tout the Cruze’s safety, but fails to tell consumers about the odorous leak. The complaint states:
Rather than disclose the truth, General Motors concealed the existence of the antifreeze leakage defect and promised consumers that any known defects had been corrected.
The allegations in the complaint include claims of false advertising, breach of express and implied warranty, revocation of acceptance, breach of contract, unjust enrichment, fraud and violation of the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act.