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A new potential GM class action lawsuit alleges that to GM, police cars were more important than civilian cars.
Two model years of Chevrolet Impalas have defective spindle rods, according to the new lawsuit filed by Donna Trusky of Pennsylvania, reports the AP.
About 423,000 of the cars were sold from those years. Approximately 12,500 of those cars eventually became police models, the AP reports.
The defective rods meant that the car's tires wore out a lot faster. Trusky says she drove for 6,000 miles in her Impala before the tire treads were so worn that she had to get them replaced. On average, car tires should last around 30,000 miles or more before they need to be replaced, reports the AP.
The lawsuit says that GM knew of this defect and sent a bulletin to GM dealers in June 2008, reports the AP. The bulletin instructed dealers to replace spindle rods and tires on police cars. And, it told dealers that they could reimburse police who purchased replacement tires if the purchase was made before July 31, 2009.
Trusky went to the dealership to replace her tires but the dealer did not mention the bulletin, nor did they recommend replacing the spindle rods. Two years later after her car hit 24,000 miles, 18,000 miles after she had replaced her tires the first time, her tires were worn out again. She paid around $300 to replace the tires, reports the AP.
The class action lawsuit alleges that GM kept the defect concealed from members of the class, reports Reuters.
And, it will probably be especially difficult for GM to overcome the lawsuit considering they issued the bulletin about police cars but specifically did not issue one targeted toward consumers who purchased pretty much the same vehicle.
The potential GM class action lawsuit, alleging that GM's police cars got preferential treatment, has been filed in federal court in Michigan. Trusky hopes to get the lawsuit certified as a class action, reports Reuters.