Owners of Corvette
Z06 track cars today sued General Motors for knowingly selling
allegedly defective Z06 models that, while marketed as having
“track-proven structure and technologies”, cannot actually be operated
safely on a racetrack and enter a performance-limited “limp mode” while
tracked, even on public roadways, according to Hagens Berman and
Grossman Roth Yaffa Cohen, co-counsel law firms representing the
According to the lawsuit, owners have reported that despite GM’s slick
marketing of the 2015-2017 model year Z06 cars, the vehicles would
overheat and often enter limp mode after only about 15 minutes of track
driving due to a defective cooling system. When the vehicle enters limp
mode, according to the complaint, its power and speed are “drastically
reduced,” creating an obviously dangerous event when surrounded by
speeding cars. Plaintiffs allege in the suit that they have experienced
limp mode also while on public roadways. The defect also causes damage
to the engine due to warping from high temperatures, the suit says.
Attorneys estimate there are more than 30,000 affected Corvette Z06 cars
in the proposed class.
If you own or lease a 2015-2017 Corvette Z06, you may be entitled to
compensation for this defect that inhibits your car’s performance. Contact
Hagens Berman to find out more about this issue and your consumer rights
The law firms say that GM deceived customers and violated state and
federal laws by failing to ensure that the Z06 functions safely, and by
failing to disclose the cooling system defect. The suit brings counts of
fraudulent concealment, breach of warranty, unjust enrichment and other
Corvette Z06 owners are being represented by leading auto defect
consumer-rights law firm, Hagens Berman, which achieved the then largest
automotive settlement in U.S. history and Grossman Roth Yaffa Cohen, a
nationally recognized trial law firm. Hagens Berman is also leading
litigation against GM for its ignition
switch defects as well as an additional suit for its illegal use of emissions-cheating
software in Duramax trucks.
The lawsuit, filed June 13, 2017, in the U.S. District Court for the
Southern District of Florida, seeks monetary damages for a proposed
nationwide class of consumers who purchased or leased the affected
vehicles, as well as injunctive relief for Ford’s misconduct related to
the design, manufacture, marketing, sale and lease of affected vehicles.
“We believe we’ve found GM to be guilty of a classic bait and switch –
one that cost thousands of consumers dearly, up to $120,000, and broke
state consumer protection laws,” said Steve Berman, managing partner of
Hagens Berman. “GM enticed race enthusiasts with bells and whistles,
promising a car that could maintain safe speeds and power when tracked,
but we believe what it sold them was far from what it promised. This
defect not only damages the Z06 engine, but endangers drivers.”
"The defect in question markedly limits the car’s performance – the sole
reason these hotrod enthusiasts bought the Corvette Z06 in the first
place. If they’d known of this defect at the time of purchase, they
likely wouldn’t have spent six figures on the Z06," Berman added.
The complaint cites consumer online forums, stating, “Customer
experiences with the Z06 on the track differ dramatically from GM’s
promise of a track vehicle and chronicle the activation of Limp Mode, or
the driver having to pull off the track to let the engine cool down. Z06
testimonial websites and GM customer service files are replete with
complaints from consumers who reasonably believed that their Z06 would
in fact be fully track capable, but instead have been put at risk of
accident on race tracks and during non-track driving when the defective
transmissions and rear differentials overheat, causing the cars to go
into Limp Mode at drastically reduced speed and performance, or have to
stop track driving to protect the engine.”
“In marketing the Z06, GM said this car was ‘conceived on the track’,”
said Stuart Grossman, founder and partner at Grossman Roth Yaffa Cohen.
“Any reasonable purchaser would have assumed that a car sold this way
wouldn’t shut down and lose speed and power after only 15 minutes of
The lawsuit seeks reimbursement and all damages permitted by law for
vehicle owners, including diminution in value of affected Z06 models
and/or loss of the benefit of the bargain, in an amount to be proven at
trial to compensate owners for GM’s fraud that put drivers at risk.
Plaintiffs also seek an order enjoining GM’s deceptive marketing and
sales acts and practices, as well as punitive damages.
Learn more about the lawsuit
Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP is a consumer-rights class-action law
firm with offices in 10 cities. The firm has been named to the National
Law Journal’s Plaintiffs’ Hot List eight times. More about the law firm
and its successes can be found at www.hbsslaw.com.
Follow the firm for updates and news at @ClassActionLaw.
About Grossman Roth Yaffa Cohen
Grossman Roth Yaffa Cohen is a team of award-winning trial attorneys
devoted to helping individuals and businesses damaged by other’s
negligence or misconduct seek the justice to which they are entitled.
From its four offices throughout Florida, the firm is focused on the
catastrophically injured and high-stakes litigation in state and federal
courts in Florida and around the nation covering multiple areas of trial
law, including medical malpractice, product liability, personal injury,
wrongful death and complex litigation cases. Grossman Roth Yaffa Cohen
is extremely selective about who it chooses to represent because the
firm is dedicated to ensuring clients receive the personal attention
they deserve during their representation. For nearly 30 years, Grossman
Roth Yaffa Cohen has achieved a record of jury verdicts and settlements
for its clients totaling more than one billion dollars and has been
recognized with multiple national and regional awards, such as the
LawDragon 500 Leading Attorneys in America, the Perry Nichols Award,
Florida Trend’s Legal Elite and Top Attorneys in Florida. To learn more
about Grossman Roth Yaffa Cohen, visit www.grossmanroth.com
or call 888-296-1681.
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