GM Brake Vacuum Pump Lawsuit Dismissed

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ROCKFORD, Ill. — A General Motors (GM) brake vacuum pump lawsuit has been dismissed after a Chevrolet Tahoe owner alleged her SUV suffered from hard brake pedals and brake failures several times.

Included in the class action lawsuit are these GM models:

2015 to present Cadillac Escalade
2014 to present Chevrolet Silverado
2015 to present Chevrolet Suburban
2015 to present Chevrolet Tahoe
2014 to present GMC Sierra
2015 to present GMC Yukon / Yukon XL

According to the brake vacuum pump lawsuit, plaintiff Amber Quitno purchased a new 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe which had brake problems in the summer of 2018.

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The first incident occurred when she applied the brakes as the wheel was turned while backing out of her driveway. The plaintiff says the brakes felt “hard and wouldn’t slow the vehicle” and the Tahoe hit another car parked near her driveway.

The GM brake vacuum pump class action also alleges the Tahoe brakes failed a few months later while the plaintiff was reversing out of a parking space. The plaintiff claims she got the Tahoe stopped by standing on the brake pedal with her full weight. She says she shifted into PARK and turned off the engine which reactivated the brakes.

She says she tried to take the Tahoe to a dealer the next day but the brakes failed again, so she called the dealership but was told the warranty expired four days before.

A dealership employee did pick up vehicle for a diagnostic check and the plaintiff allegedly asked the dealership to check the brake vacuum.

“That separate test did reveal a brake pressure problem: the dealership stated that brake pressure should be -13, but the brake pressure on plaintiff’s car was -9 sitting and -3 on depression. The dealership subsequently ordered and installed a replacement, costing around four hundred dollars.” – GM brake vacuum pump lawsuit

According to the vacuum pump lawsuit, General Motors allegedly knew about the pump problems before the plaintiff purchased her 2015 Tahoe. But the automaker allegedly concealed the defects from her and all affected customers.

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GM Files Motion to Dismiss the Brake Vacuum Pump Lawsuit

In its motion to dismiss, GM argued the plaintiff failed to plead a valid claim based on alleged deceptive conduct or unfair practices under the Illinois Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act.

The judge agreed and ruled the plaintiff’s claims were too vague and generalized concerning alleged statements GM made about the Tahoe. The judge also found the plaintiff failed to explain language in the warranty that deceived her, falling short of pleading “with particularity a misrepresentation attributable to Defendant.”

The judge dismissed the entire lawsuit, and according to court documents, “this matter has resolved on an individual basis.”

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Mike Geylin
Mike Geylin

Mike Geylin is the Editor-in-Chief at Hagman Media. Geylin has been in automotive communications for five decades working in all aspects of the industry from OEM to supplier to motorsports as well as reporting for both newspapers and magazines on the industry.