Plaintiffs allege transmission difficulties in GM vehicle are in violation of federal and state laws

By Nicholas Malfitano | Oct 10, 2017

PHILADELPHIA – General Motors has been by plaintiffs who believe the vehicle they were sold was saddled with a number of mechanical defects to its transmission.

Faten Jozeef Chamas and Habib Latif Chamas of Whitehall filed suit in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas on Sept. 26 versus General Motors, LLC c/o Corporation Service Company of Harrisburg.

The lawsuit says on June 30, 2016, the Chamases purchased a new 2016 Chevrolet Silverado manufactured and warranted by the defendant, and both purchased and registered in Pennsylvania. The price of the vehicle was in excess of $34,211.06, including registration charges, document fees, sales tax, finance and bank charges, but excluding other collateral charges not specified yet defined by the Lemon Law, the suit says.

The parties’ bargain includes an express three-year/36,000-mile warranty and other guarantees, but the plaintiff claims five ineffective repair attempts made by the defendant “substantially impaired” the vehicle and rendered it worthless. These repair attempts were made in trying to fix the noises, harsh shifting and burning odors emanating from the transmission, the suit says.

For alleged violation of the Pennsylvania Automobile Lemon Law, Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act and Pennsylvania’s Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law (UTPCPL), the plaintiffs are seeking damages in an amount equal to the purchase price of the subject vehicle, plus all incidental, consequential and treble damages, collateral charges, attorney’s fees and court costs, with a total judgment not in excess of $50,000.

The plaintiffs are represented by Robert M. Silverman of Kimmel & Silverman, in Ambler.

Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas case 170902994

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