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GM/Chevrolet Impala Defect Class Action Lawsuit

By Matt O’Donnell

 

2007 Chevrolet Impala
A federal class action lawsuit claims General Motors’ 2007-2008 Impalas have defective rear spindle rods that cause wheel misalignment and premature tire wear. The Impala class action goes on to say that even though GM issued an Impala recall for Chevy Impalas that operated as police vehicles, it won’t honor warranties for identical cars owned by customers who aren’t police.
According to the GM/Chevy Impala class action lawsuit:
“The model year 2007 and 2008 Impalas were sold with common defective rear spindle rods that caused and continue to cause wheel misalignment and premature tire wear. Even though it has issued a recall bulletin for model year 2007 and 2008 Impalas operated as police vehicles, GM has failed to honor its warranties with Plaintiff and the putative class, by failing to correct the manufacturing defect in their vehicles. There are no relevant material differences between police vehicles and class members’ vehicles relating the defective spindle rods.
“The fact that GM moved to fix certain Impalas shows that it knew of the defect. Despite this, GM continued to sell and has refused to honor the warranties on hundreds of thousands of defective and potentially unsafe vehicles.”
The Impala defective rear spindle rod class action lawsuit is brought on behalf of all persons in the United States who purchased or leased a model year 2007 and 2008 Chevrolet Impala. It is seeking class certification, compensatory damages for Class Members, exemplary damages, and more for Breach of Express Warranty and Injunctive and Declaratory Relief.
A copy of the General Motors Chevrolet Impala Rear Spindle Rod Class Action Lawsuit can be read here.
The case is Donna M. Trusky v. General Motors Company, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.

 

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Updated July 4th, 2011

 

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34 Comments

  • Anonymous August 15, 2011

    I have been a lifelong GM customer through thick and thin. I even owned stock in the company which is now worthless. This is the absolute last straw! If they don’t do a recall in the next 60 days (by October 15th, 2011), i am getting rid of the car, and buying foreign from now on.

  • Anonymous August 16, 2011

    I own a 2008 impala with 10300 miles on it .the tires are wearing out on the inside tread .I have taken the car to the dealer four times.they did a four wheel alignment and a tire rotation.but the tire continueanti perforation to wear out. they are telling me that their is nothing wrong with the car.I can not believe they can stand there and tell me this.I feel like a fool and I will never buy another Chevrolet.

  • Anonymous August 16, 2011

    I too own a 2008 Impala and am experiencing the same exact problem, that my Chevy dealer says does not exist. They told me that my car must have been towed and the tow truck did something to my spindle rods. (My car was never towed). After spending $1,100 dollars on my second set of rear tires that the steel belts were exposed on the inner side of both back ties. I have 32,000 miles on my car. I contacted GM directly I was told that the problem does not exist so I told the woman I went on the internet and read that many people were having the same problem as I, she told me not to beleive everything I read on the internet. So like many of you I cant wait to get rid of this car.

  • Anonymous August 21, 2011

    I had a 2008 Impala, had tires rotated every 6k miles, and had it aligned twice. Had to buy new tires at 22k miles and still had rough ride and shuddering on the highway, When braking on the highway car shook. Went to get another alignment and was told it could not be aligned. So I traded it in, but was out almost $700 on tires that should have gone 60k miles and went 22k. Why did they do a recall on police cars but not the consumer’s cars? SCANDALOUS RIPOFF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  • Anonymous August 24, 2011

    Back tire wore quickly on the inside..We paid a pretty price to have the put a “kit” on them to adjust the alignment…I think GM owes us both that cost a a new set of tires.

  • Anonymous August 25, 2011

    I have gone through four set of tires and four different Service Department Reps. And they are all on board to giving me the same lame story and advise. They say I have not rotated the tires often enought and that has something to do with the rear tires cupping. The service rep. I spoke with today. I shared with him the Safisfaction Program Bullentin 08032A: http://www.phila.gov/fleet/Warranty%20Recalls/08032A%20bulletin.pdf and even a class action lawsuit addressing this issue: http://www.courthousenews.com/2011/06/30/GM.pdf. He did not budge. I am trying to see how I might support the Plaintiff in the lawsuit. You do the same.

  • Anonymous August 27, 2011

    well after writing 15 lines and getting them deleted when I tried to enter them I am upset, agree with all of u and on third set of tires and an alignment promise, in next 10,000 miles I will hear same thing NEW TIRES.

  • Anonymous October 7, 2011

    same problem, tires wearing on the rear of car. 3 sets of tires in three years, we thought the tires were defective and charged it to Wal-mart tires. GM needs to fix this ASAP!!!

  • Anonymous October 11, 2011

    I bought a used 2007 Impala LT with 36,000 miles on it. Within 30,000 miles the rear tires wore out to a hole on the inside and I had a flat on the freeway. I spent $450 on a set of 80,000 mile-rated tires, had them rotated regularly and the same thing happened in 32,000 miles. They’re ruined. It’s ridiculous.

    I’d like to know how to join the class action.

  • Anonymous October 17, 2011

    Tires checked wheels aligned ok went to Florida, Tire on left rear was so bad, 22 k Mi., cords were showing and Firestone wanted me to sign a waivier the tires were so bad. Mr. Goodrench only serviced the car up till then. This was an oil change that Goodwrench would have done. Glad I went Firestone. I could have had a severe blow out on the road.
    I am livid, My salesman, after I presented the lawsuit to him says GM is not acknowledgeing.

  • Anonymous October 17, 2011

    GM says bankruptcy excuses it from Impala repairs

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  • Anonymous October 19, 2011

    Took my 2008 Impala for a tire rotation & balancing today. Same tires rotated and balanced, July of this year, no problem at that time. Today 5,000 miles later, inside edge, all tires worn to the point of needing replacement. Did an alignment; was told it needed new “rear camber bolts”, the rear suspension could not be aligned with original factory equipment. Less than 20,000 mile on the tires. I Googled “impala alignment problems” using the dealership WiFi, and found this problem, the class action lawsuit, etc. I kept the tires for photographing. Close to $700.00 put into this vehicle today, tires, alignment,parts, etc. If this is a design and manufacturing flaw will GM be reimbursing this expense? How do we find out the status of this suit?

  • Anonymous October 24, 2011

    I’ve own GM cars/trucks since 1967. I have a 05-28-03 Detroit Free Press article on my office wall about GM’s new ads and admitting their 1980-1990′s cars had problems. To polsh their tarnished image, they are launched their “The Road to Redemption” campaign. Now this, wheel spindles! I to have returned to my dealer, to which they rebalanced wheels, relignments and in 30,000 miles, I’m replacing the 3rd set of rear tires and have my 3rd relignment. 3 sets of tire in 30,000 miles! Thank you GM for final convincing me to never consider a GM brand again. Why did I keep the article and stil buy GM – just plain dumb on my part!

  • Anonymous November 10, 2011

    We bail out Gm and they tell us to get lost…should have let them fold…Fix the damn cars….LOSERS

  • Anonymous February 27, 2012

    I own a chevy impala ’08 model. I am disgusted that I purchased it as I had to replace tires that where brand new when I bought them only two months ago. I am trying to find any proof of a recall on this vehicle. I feel like I have been ripped off not only by GM, but by the dealership that sold me the car. I feel like they knew about the issue and sold it to me anyway. I will never again buy another GM car. The company needs to take its customers’ safety into consideration!!!! I would like to find out about the status of a lawsuit that was filed on this issue in 2011.

  • Anonymous April 7, 2012

    I own a chevy impala ’08 model. I have to replace 4 tires that I just purchased 11 months ago. Car repair shop is replacing the struts. This is costing me $1700…Yikes

  • Anonymous May 4, 2012

    Cindy: Don’t know what you mean by “struts,” because the indication here is that the rear spindle rod is the problem. John Macoretta, a Philadelphia lawyer, is one of the lawyers hand the suit. His number is 215-496-0300. His fax is 215-496-6611. Add the cost of new tires and you are out more than $2,000 because of a GMs defective product. I, too, am abandoning ALL GM cars. Good luck.

  • Anonymous July 17, 2012

    We could get no info from the dealership mechanics (3 of them)) who looked at our 2007 Impala and were “baffled” by how the back tires were worn on the inside without any indication of problems that could cause such. A diagnostic fee of over $100.00 would start us on the road to fixing the problem. I believe it more likely the dealership knows exactly what is causing our problem since it has been known for years with a safety recall of some of the problem cars, but not all. We will join the class action lawsuit, if possible, and not buy another GM car- such a shame the company has so many problems when the car business has been so great for most of a century now…..But when it is time to go, IT IS TIME TO GO, and we the taxpayers should never have had to bail out the company……

  • Anonymous November 8, 2012

    Having tire wear problems, three sets of tires ,two alignments back for third alignment said it could not be adjusted anymore. This car is 08 chevy Impala has 58000 miles on it and between 24000 and 58000 has two alinements and two sets of tire.Gm has a problem with this and will not do anything about it,I have bought 4 gm trucks and cars between 1990 -2008.Just lost a customer.

  • Anonymous November 8, 2012

    Not only having tire wear problems on 08 chevy impala did not mention, radio going out and the clicking in the ac/heater when you turn it off . To many problems with this car.Like I said on earlier post , GM has lost another customer.

  • tracey January 6, 2013

    I had owned a 2007 chevy impala..and since i bought it, it had 8 wheel alignments, replaced the two back tires and then the two front tires and then about a yr later had replaced all 4 tires again. Was told by the dealer that its a safety feature for my car the reason for it driftn to the right incase i get into an accident, so i asked them soo what if my accident was on the otherside it only drifts to the right. I had went to the BBB and they took it for a test drive and rulled out that theres nothing wrong with my car, huh their nuts. So i get a letter from them that since my car has had 8 alighments and one rotor was shaved and the racket pinion steering knuckle or somthn like that was replaced..my car was indeed a LEMON, but didn’t feel that I should have my car replaced. So pretty much I was stuck with a car that had problems. Finally after 4 yrs they finally fixed my car, they never told me what it was. Then I was coming home from work and my car just started knocking and turned off and started to smoke like crazy..soo here I am with a car with low miles n a possible blown frigin motor..this car was nothing but a headache from the start, had it towed to the dealer to get told that since it was a demo when we bought it, the warrany expired a month ago and we are not covered..yup they rammed that up our u know what..we were never told about that either…so we told the bank to come pick up their car at the dealer theres nothing else we can do…Thank you GM and Register Chevy

  • John Schmidt February 3, 2013

    My mother is 73 years old and bought her Impala in 2008. She too has wear on the inside tread of the rear tires. Her car has 33,000 miles on it, but she drives very little and never has to go above 50 mph. Light driving in town, but the the wear is there and is a safety concern. GM should show concern for the customers safety over their bottom line. GM FIX THESE REAR SPINDLES!!!

  • Annette in S.C. March 7, 2013

    I have a 2008 Impala and totally disgusted is the only way to describe my feelings!!! I am hurt by all repairs needed being that I am a single mother…so totally mad and in need of a new car….everything that could go wrong did go wrong…

  • Cevin May 24, 2013

    I have a 2008 Impala and totally disgusted with it. I have a 08 with 48.000 miles on it and it will not stay in the middle of the road. I love chevys, but this one is no good. Window cracked for no reason. Rear tires are wearing out. The front end wobbles. The service airbag light is coming on and off. And much more.

  • Lloyd May 30, 2013

    I have a 08 impala SS and I’ve had to replace the tires several times due to tire wear..I asked the dealer about real spindles and he told me my car wasn’t on the “list” ..I told yea because the list was only cop cars but the same spindles.. He had no answer for me,also my battery dies if I don’t start the car for 2 days… I put a new battery in and still something kills the battery if I don’t start it in a couple of days..really?? I’ve had these problems since I bought the car brand new. I love Chevys and I can’t believe they would turn they’re backs on customers over a defect that they are responsible for..can anyone tell me if the lawsuit is on going? lolosmuzic@yahoo.com Thank you

  • Dick August 9, 2013

    I have a 2009 Impala and have the same problem with tire wear. My car has 75,000 miles on it and I have replaced 4 sets of tires and have to buy them again. This car has had numerous problems including power steering, gas pedal assembly, door locks! I will never buy a GM product again!!

  • Mike August 16, 2013

    I bought a brand new 2007 Impala in early 2008, and have had nothing but issues with the rear alignment. I have had my car’s alignment done many times (I’ve lost count). At first, I thought it was an issue with the local dealer’s equipment, so I took it elsewhere. It will not stay in alignment. I’ve wasted a lot of money on this, only to find out that it is an issue with the rear spindles. The car handles like garbage in any weather. It’s just plain scary to drive on wet or slippery roads. GM needs to do a recall on these… NOW!!!

  • Richard August 24, 2013

    I bought a used 2007 Chevy Impala 4 years ago and I am still buying rear tires for it. the rear tires wear out on the insides all the way to the steel belts. I contacted GM and they told me they do not assume responsibility for this defect.

  • JOSH R. September 9, 2013

    i have owned my 07 Impala about 4 years now with just 70k miles on it…since i bought it have now put three sets of rear tires on this car and was just in the shop Saturday and needs a rear set again…I have been loyal GM customer for a very long time and this right here takes the cake….If they dont step up and cover these cars I promise i will never buy another car again from them!

  • Michael September 18, 2013

    I have (2) Impala SS vehicles and I have rear tire wear on both. I hope this law suit is settled. It is totally unfair that I should be stuck buying tires over and over, at $250 each, because GM will not take responsibility. I was a “Buy American Only” person but this has really changed my mind!

  • James P December 4, 2013

    I purchased a 2007 Impala in August of 2007. Because I am disabled and don’t do much driving, my car only has 34K miles on it after 6+ years. The first set of tires lasted 20K miles but were in pretty bad shape when I bought a brand new set of Michelin Primacy 17″ tires at a total cost of $814.83 in March of 2010. All of the sudden, about 2 weeks ago, I noticed my car felt like I was driving in a wind storm every time I drove it. I asked the guy changing my oil what he thought..again..I am disabled..he said that the steel belts were showing on the inside half of both rear tires!. I looked at my tire receipt and saw that I had only driven about 13K miles on tires rated for 60K miles. I took it back yesterday to the Michelin dealer who added the two bolts required to properly align the rear end and also bought two new tires. Total needless cost thanks to GM..$657.39

  • Brothers January 17, 2014

    Allways have bought.Ford But my 16 year old son is working and got to pick out his own wheels since payments are his.TIRES on it look very close to brand new .I was happy Michelin too. ROAD NOISE awfull.Deaer said they are directional tires and cuped.08 55k ls impala.Ordered Goodyear Integrety tires today with a monday appointment install .Should I e concerned for my new tires.Maybee canceal if I am going to be back were I started from?

  • T Lewis March 31, 2014

    I’m having tire issues one after another and my dash always reads low tire pressure and a funny symbol is on my dash concerning proper allignment of tires I love my car but not the issues I want in on class action lawsuit

  • SDunmeyer May 6, 2014

    I bought my 2008 impala ltz July 2011 with new Michelin tires. I have had problems with the way it drives. The front end feels like it’s going to shake apart. I have put it in the chevy dealership four times with the same problems…oil pan leak every year ( three times), stability light twice on, front shakes, steering vibrates car hesitates then jerks when you stop then try to accelerate. Inside of tires were worn completely with the left rear driver side being the worst. I was told I need an alignment and a camber kit to correct an alignment issue all at my expense. I drive my car six miles a day five days a week all in town and no highway miles. This is my second impala. The first was a 2004 impala LS which had an ignition switch problem. It would shut off at random times for no reason and wouldn’t start right away leaving me stranded with my two children.It too kept getting oil leaks. I have put a lot of money into repairs that wasn’t covered under warranty.I am so dissatisfied with the impala and the bad services I received from dealership that I will never buy another Chevy vehicle. I will buy foreign cars from now on.

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