Are you falling victim to the Chevy Shake?

Since early 2016, owners of General Motors trucks and SUVs have fallen victim to what is called and known as the “Chevy Shake.”

If you were to Google search the Chevy Shake, you’d find over 6 million results. Countless Chevrolet, Cadillac, and GMC owners have experienced violent shaking while driving their vehicles over 35 miles per hour. Not only has the shaking caused panic for the Chevrolet drivers, but it has also caused some consumers to completely lose control of their vehicles. Who would want to feel powerless over their cars and trucks?

With the abundance of complaints regarding this shaking behavior, multiple class-action lawsuits have been initiated. By taking a deeper dive into these lawsuits, two possible causes have been identified: the aluminum driveshaft and the 8-speed transmission. 

While General Motors has not made an attempt to remedy this problem, there are still options for you! If you are among many driving a GM vehicle that’s experiencing the “Chevy Shake” that is currently a part of a class-action lawsuit, we recommend you opt-out to preserve your California Lemon Law rights. With the help of California’s premier team of Lemon Law Experts, you have the opportunity to be represented individually and maximize your individual recovery rather than settle with the masses via a class-action lawsuit.

Vehicles that Experience the Chevy Shake

The following vehicles have been known to be affected by the Chevy Shake and may be covered by California’s Lemon Laws for their defective 8-speed transmissions:

  • 2014–2019 Chevrolet Silverado
  • 2017–2019 Chevrolet Colorado
  • 2015–2019 Chevrolet Corvette
  • 2016–2019 Chevrolet Camaro
  • 2015 – 2020 Chevrolet Tahoe
  • 2015 -2020 Chevrolet Suburban
  • 2015–2020 Cadillac Escalade
  • 2015–2019 Cadillac Escalade ESV
  • 2016–2019 Cadillac ATS
  • 2016–2019 Cadillac ATS-V
  • 2016–2019 Cadillac CTS
  • 2016–2019 Cadillac CT6
  • 2016–2019 Cadillac CTS-V
  • 2014–2019 GMC Sierra
  • 2015–2020 GMC Yukon
  • 2015 -2020 GMC Yukon XL
  • 2015–2017 GMC Yukon Denali
  • 2014 -2017 GMC Denali XL
  • 2017–2019 GMC Canyon

Why You Should Opt-Out of These Class-Action Lawsuits

If you want to retain your right to sue General Motors individually, you will have to opt-out of the class action lawsuit.  If you do not opt-out by the specified time to do so, you waive your right to sue as an individual.  Very often, there are thousands of members in a class-action lawsuit, resulting in meager consumer settlements. When suing individually, you are more likely to receive a greater settlement, as you preserve your individual right to pursue the maximum allowable remedies under the lemon laws.

If you’d like more information on how to opt-out of a class-action lawsuit, give us a call today at (877) 885-5366. Our team of Lemon Law Experts is here to help you explore your options and choose the best course of action that fits your needs.

The Reasons Behind the Chevy Shake

In the lawsuit, Francis v. General Motors, it is alleged that defective 8L45 and 8L90 transmissions were installed in some of GM’s trucks and SUVs. This lawsuit represents consumers that have experienced issues with defective 8L45 and 8L90 transmissions in Chevrolet, GMC, and Cadillac vehicles. The eight-speed transmission is said to have issues with the hydraulic system, which puts stress on the gears and wears them down. This then causes metal shavings to become trapped inside the transmission, which subsequently causes the component to malfunction.

The affected vehicles may experience violent shaking and shuddering while the driver is speeding up, slowing down, or even while changing gears. Additionally, many consumers have also reported that the vehicle slips between gears and has a hesitation on acceleration. General Motors has allegedly been aware of this issue since 2015 when they started releasing Technical Service Bulletins related to the 8-speed transmission. These TSBS only offered short-term solutions, such as flushing the transmission, which could not fix the problem for a defective part. General Motors has yet to release any recalls related to this transmission.

In the lawsuit, Kim Bostick v. General Motors, it is alleged that the aluminum driveshaft or the “prop shaft”, which transfers power from the engine to the wheels, has been a leading cause for the vehicles to shake violently and deteriorate the drive shaft over time. After enough deterioration, this can cause the vehicles to no longer be drivable. Many consumers have noted that they predominantly face this issue when driving at highway speeds, but in time, this could lead to the driveshaft completely falling off the vehicle.

Similar to how the manufacturer handled the issue with the 8-speed transmission, only Technical Service Bulletins were released and not any recalls. General Motors has worked hard to hide the driveshaft issue instead of offering a solution for consumers who are plagued by this defect. The lawsuit mentions that GM could have simply resolved the issue by implementing steel driveshafts in their vehicles instead of the defective metal ones. Either way, various Chevrolet, Cadillac, and GMC vehicles have been affected by the Chevy Shake caused by this component.

Cadillac, Chevrolet, and GM Common Complaints

In addition to the shaking and shuddering, Cadillac, Chevrolet, and General Motors consumers commonly complain about the following defects:

  • Shaking and Shuddering
  • Shift to Park’ Error
  • Sudden Jerking
  • Transmission Failure
  • Check Engine Light On
  • Hard Up and Down Shifting
  • Fluid Leaks
  • Sudden Deceleration
  • Vehicle Stalls While Driving
  • Excessive Oil Consumption

If you have experienced any of these issues with your General Motors vehicle and have presented it for warranty repairs, it might be a lemon.  If your vehicle is a lemon, you may be entitled to a refund, replacement vehicle or cash compensation plus the payment of your attorney’s fees and costs.

Next Steps

If your vehicle is affected by a class-action lawsuit, you may receive a class action notice.  This notice will provide information about the class action as well as your right to opt-out. There are specific ways in which you must opt-out and deadlines for doing so.  You should consult with an attorney on how to comply with these specifics.

If you own or lease one of the vehicles affected by the Chevy Shake, you are not alone!  If you have experienced issues with your Cadillac, Chevrolet, or GMC vehicle and have presented it for warranty repairs, call our team of Lemon Law Experts at (877) 885-5366 for a free consultation.