Chevrolet recently implemented a host of cooling improvements on the 2017 Corvette Z06 but that isn’t sitting well with lawyers who are accusing the company of selling customers “unreliable cars with a performance-limiting defect.”
According to a class action lawsuit by Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP, the Corvette Z06 cannot be operated safely on a racetrack as the vehicles are prone to overheating and entering into limp mode. When this occurs, the Corvette’s power is “drastically reduced” and the lawsuit claims this creates a dangerous situation when the car is surrounded by other speeding vehicles.
The lawsuit says GM deceived customers and violated state and federal laws by failing to ensure the Z06 functions safely. It also alleges the company committed fraudulent concealment, breach of warranty, and unjust enrichment.
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.”
The law firm estimates there could be more than 30,000 affected models from the 2015-2017 model years.
GM hasn’t commented on the lawsuit but when the cooling improvements were announced, Corvette executive chief engineer Tadge Juechter told Motor1 only a small number of customers reported overheating issues and the exact number might have been less than five percent.