GM Instrument Cluster Settlement

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The GM Instrument Cluster Settlement was a 2008 class action settlement awarded to owners of certain General Motors vehicles with allegedly defective speedometers. The settlement allows the owner or lessee to get their instrument cluster replaced under the terms of a special coverage adjustment to their factory standard warranty.

Background[edit]

As early as 2005, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration had received complaints concerning erratic speedometer and gauge readings from numerous makes and models of GM vehicles.[1] No deaths or injuries were ever attributed to the erratic gauges, but owners of the vehicles felt the problem was a safety concern.

In 2007, Kevin Zwicker filed suit against General Motors in U.S. District Court in Seattle seeking three types of compensation:[2]

  1. Replacement of all speedometers on the affected models
  2. Reimbursement for anyone who already paid to have a defective speedometer replaced
  3. Reimbursement for anyone who paid speeding tickets and whose auto insurance rates rose due to a defective speedometer

John Hall filed a nearly identical suit in U.S. District Court in Oregon after paying the out of warranty repair cost to replace the instrument cluster in his 2003 GMC Envoy LE. Both Zwicker and Hall were represented by Beth Terrell, an attorney with the Seattle law firm of Tousley Brain Stephens.[2]

The case was assigned to U.S. District Judge John Coughenour, who decided to certify the lawsuit as a class-action.

Terms[3][edit]

Owners who paid for repairs to the speedometer before the class action settlement are eligible for reimbursement under the following terms:

Vehicles covered (made 2003 to 2005)[edit]

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