The lawsuit alleges that the trailer information labels on the GMC Sierra 1500 and Chevy Silverado 1500 are false.
December 12, 2021 – A GM class action lawsuit has been filed for current and former owners and tenants of the 2020 GMC Sierra 1500 and 2020 Chevy Silverado 1500 trucks.
General Motors’ lawsuit alleges the trucks were sold with false trailer information adding 1,800 pounds to the total.
Florida plaintiff Roger Snyder purchased a new 2020 GMC Sierra 1500 with an advertised total gross weight (GCWR) of 16,800 pounds, which is the total legal weight of the loaded vehicle and trailer including fuel, passengers, cargo, equipment and supplies.
In the GM class action lawsuit, the GMC Sierra 1500 2020 User Guide and GMC 2020 Trailering Manual say GM urges customers to consult the trailer information label so as not to exceed the GCWR.
The Trailer Information Label “is a sticker on the inside of the driver’s door jamb with VIN-specific specifications for a vehicle’s trailer and trailer capacity, including the GCWR.”
GM warns consumers that exceeding the gross vehicle weight rating when towing “could not only cause serious damage to your vehicle or trailer, it could also put you, your passengers and others at risk”.
The class action lawsuit alleges that GM’s marketing claims and technical specifications have overstated the trailer weight ratings of the 2020 GMC Sierra 1500 and 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500.
The GM lawsuit alleges that the plaintiff received a letter in April 2021 informing them of the correct gross weight rating, which was reported to be 1,800 pounds too high.
Instead of recalling the trucks, the GM class action lawsuit said the letter had an updated trailer information label that the customer could attach to their truck.
The GM class action was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, Miami Department: Roger Snyder, v. General Motors, LLC.
The plaintiff is represented by Criden & Love, PA