Warning Lamp Issue Leads to GM, Chevrolet Pickup Truck Recall
There is nothing quite like the feeling that comes when you notice that warning light flicker on in your car. For some pickup truck drivers, however, it may be a false alarm.
General Motors is recalling nearly 150,000 Silverados and Sierras because of a software snafu that could cause warning lights to illuminate improperly. The company says multiple warning lights – including for antilock brakes and electronic stability control – may light up for anyone who starts effected cars remotely using GM’s My Brand app.
The problem popped up when at least some of the vehicles were recalled for a related defect and did not get a certain software update. Those vehicles were recalled because their antilock brake and electronic stability control warning lights might not illuminate, leaving drivers unsure if the warning lights were working.
GM says owners whose vehicles’ warning lights now illuminate when the car is started using the My Brand app should not driver their trucks. They should instead have the vehicles towed to the nearest dealer for the necessary software update, according to the company.
The latest recall covers certain 2019 Silverados and Sierras. GM said it would fix the defect free of charge.
Legal Rights for Defective Vehicle Owners
This is not the first time that General Motors has had to recall Silverados and Sierras over manufacturing and design issues. The company last year said it needed to take another look at some 370,000 pickup trucks at risk of engine fires that could be caused by defective engine block heater cords.
The good news for car owners in California is that the state’s lemon law provides some comprehensive rights and protections.
The Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act requires carmakers to perform certain repairs on vehicles while they are under warranty. The law also forces the manufacturer to buy the car back if it is unwilling or unable to fix the problem. That includes compensating the owner for the purchase price, financing costs and other related expenses. The manufacturer can offer instead to replace the vehicle, but it is up to the owner to accept or reject that alternative deal.
The law also requires the carmaker to pick up the tab for any legal fees that a car owner incurs while enforcing his or her rights.
Talk to a California Lemon Law Attorney
If you are a car owner or lessor who is grappling with your car’s manufacturer over repairs, an experienced California lemon law attorney can help. A lawyer can help you weigh your rights and options to ensure that the carmaker is held fully accountable.
At the Bickel Law Firm, we have represented hundreds of clients in defective vehicle cases in Southern California and across the state. We work tirelessly to get the people we represent the compensation they deserve.
Our offices are conveniently located in Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco. Call us at (888) 800-1983 or contact us online to speak with a California lemon law attorney today.