We believe GM knew the Vti transmissions in the 2002 to 2004 Saturn Vue and Ion were inherently defective and likely to fail. Our investigation reveals that GM was aware of defects before the vehicle line was released, and they even delayed the initial product launch as a result, but apparently they chose not to fix the problems.
Wood River, Illinois (PRWEB) October 11, 2007
Late yesterday owners of the Saturn Vue and Ion filed a class action lawsuit in the Eastern District of California, Case 2:07 at 00948 Castillo et al v. General Motors Corporation. The lawsuit concerns allegations that the 2002 to 2004 model years of the Saturn Vue and Ion have defective transmissions. The lawsuit was filed by Mark Brown and The Lakin Law Firm on behalf of their clients.
The lawsuit seeks to certify a class of Saturn Vue and Ion owners from the following states: California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio and Oklahoma.
The suit includes claims for breach of warranty, consumer fraud, and unjust enrichment. According to GM's website for the 2002 to 2004 time period, 261,000 Vue's and 227,000 Ion's were sold.
Brad Lakin said, "We believe GM knew the Vti transmissions in the 2002 to 2004 Saturn Vue and Ion were inherently defective and likely to fail. Our investigation reveals that GM was aware of defects before the vehicle line was released, and they even delayed the initial product launch as a result, but apparently they chose not to fix the problems."
Some of Lakin's clients have had more than one transmission fail. "Several of our clients have had multiple transmission breakdowns. There are many accounts of Vue or Ion transmissions malfunctioning within the warranty, only to have GM temporarily repair them or replace them with the very same defective transmission. Unfortunately, many fail the first time during the warranty period and then experience a subsequent failure outside the warranty period. In these cases, the owner is left paying the freight on a transmission that has an average repair or replacement cost of several thousand dollars."
The Lakin Law Firm and Brad Lakin are no strangers to automotive manufacturers. Lakin won a $43 million verdict on behalf of two burn victims against Ford Motor Company in a Lincoln Town Car fire case that caught the attention of the nation in April of 2005. Lakin appeared on AndersonCooper 360 last year to discuss the case.
The Lakin Law Firm is also litigating class action cases against GM, Ford and Chrysler on behalf of vehicle owners who have experienced paint peeling off their vehicles.
Lakin says many 2002 to 2004 model year Saturn Vue and Ion owners are unaware they have a defective transmission.