You’ve either read the reviews or owned one of the Corvette Z06 cars that were plagued with cooling issues among many other reliability issues. Chevrolet decided to implement a variety of cooling improvements for the 2017 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 but that wasn’t enough to hold back angry customers from suing the company.
Customers and their lawyers clearly say that Chevrolet was knowingly selling “unreliable cars with a performance-limiting defect.” The class action lawsuit by Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP states that the Chevy Corvette Z06 isn’t safe to operate on a racetrack due to overheating issues and a tendency to go into limp mode. Hagens Berman has been known to file high-profile automotive court cases in the past and according to them; around 30,000 Z06 Corvettes from the years 2015-2017 may have been affected.
To further explain; the lawyers say that limp mode causes the car to lose power drastically, putting it in a very dangerous situation surrounding other speeding vehicles on the track. We have also seen Motortrend suffer with such issues when they first got the Chevy Corvette Z06 on track for testing, only to end up with a lot of power loss.
The lawsuit clearly focuses on GM’s deception of customers by violating state and federal laws to ensure the Z06 functions safely. Besides that, General Motors was accused of breach of warranty, unjust enrichment and fraudulent concealment.
In a statement, managing partner Steve Berman said “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.” Berman added “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.”
GM did not comment or issue a response to the allegations yet. When the company announced the cooling improvements earlier on, they mentioned that only a small number of customers reported overheating issues – around less the 5 percent according to Corvette executive chief engineer Tadge Juechter.