General Motors has been hit with a lawsuit which alleges the American automaker is knowingly selling Corvette Grand Sport and Corvette Z06 models with wheels that can easily crack, bend, and warp.
The lawsuit, recently shared by Car Complaints, was filed by Anthony Nardizzi. The plaintiff leased a 2018 Corvette in June 2018 and took it to wheel finishing company CalChrome to have the wheels coated. Video recorded by CalChrome showed that two of the sports car’s wheels were bent and the owner had to pay $7,500 to replace them.
Nardizzi complained to the Chevrolet dealership where he leased the Corvette from and asked them to cover the cost of the new wheels as part of the 3-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty the car was sold with. It is alleged that the dealership said the wheels were warped because of how the plaintiff was driving and agreed to pay Nardizzi just $1,200.
The lawsuit states General Motors is breaching the Corvette’s warranty by blaming customer driving habits for the damaged wheels. It is also asserted that the wheels of the Corvette Grand Sport and Corvette Z06 are particularly dangerous because they can reportedly puncture the tires when they are cracked, bent, or warped.
A number of other Corvette owners have complained to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) about issues with the wheels of their vehicles.
“Just noticed a vibration in the front end when travel on highway at speed 55+. Bring the car to the dealership for inspection and the service manager inform me all 4 wheels has been bend and need to be replace (sic),” one owner wrote in a complaint. “File a case… with GM customer care center and after 1 week, GM center called and told me this is not cover (sic) under the factory warranty. Very disappoint and loosing (sic) trust in GM product related to quality, reliability and safety concern for the consumers.”
We have already reached out to GM regarding the issue and are awaiting their response.