Despite the hype and anticipation for the release of the Chevrolet Corvette Z06, which was introduced to the public in the 2015 model year and quickly purchased by nearly 30,000 customers for an average of $100,000, a recent lawsuit is showing that the General Motors’ “world-class supercar” is far from.
The lawsuit could cost GM several millions of dollars. It alleges that the engine cannot handle more than a few laps at top speeds. It overheats quickly, especially in warm temperatures, and customers have found themselves disappointed in the damage done to their brand new vehicles after they overheated without warning. Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck, P.A.’s own Jason Weisser is one of the three lawyers who filed the suit in June, 2017.
“This defect is unacceptable for customers who own a Z06,” says Weisser, one of the thousands of Z06 owners.
More than the damage done to their cars, which GM has offered to temporarily fix—there is no way to permanently fix this problem, Weisser says, due to “bad design”—the sudden deceleration is dangerous even at highway speeds. This vehicle is a bad accident waiting to happen.
GM’s attempts to update the engine for the 2017 release failed. Again, warm temperatures strike down everything that is supposed to be powerful about the car. Speculation about designing the engine in 110 degrees to fix the problem has been shot down among claims that the “pro driver at 86 degrees” method has worked sufficiently in the past. Further, GM believes this accommodation would make the engine bigger, resulting in more drag and a less-appealing appearance.
Weisser doesn’t accept this as an appropriate response, as sports car enthusiasts are now watching Camaros, which engineers have managed to design without any similar flaws, surpass the Corvette in performance. Weisser wants the company to do one of two things: purchase the car back from its customers, or offer exchanges. Each Z06 has lost immense resale value, any Z06 that has overheated is damaged, and each and every one is a dangerous high-speed accident waiting to happen.
Companies who don’t deliver on promises can be frustrating, financially debilitating, and even deadly. If you’re dealing with a car defect that has damaged your vehicle or resulted in an accident, contact an attorney with Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck, P.A. You can reach our offices at (561) 689-8180.