GMC Truck Customer Sues GM for Towing Misrepresentation
Ratings Adjustment Under SAE J2807 Cut Official Rating
In the early days of the Society of Automotive Engineers’ (SAE) J2807 towing standards, it was mostly a matter of the respective truck makers sitting around staring at each other pledging to comply and report with the standards once everyone else did. Toyota was an early adopter of the standards in 2011. However, it wasn’t until 2015 when the standard was adopted in earnest by the entire industry. Many trucks had their ratings adjusted downward (and sometimes significantly) once the standards were applied and adopted in earnest. That’s what happened to Richard Quintero of California, who purchased a 2014 GMC Sierra 1500. Originally intending to buy a 2013 model, Quintero purchased a 2014 on the premise of its higher advertised tow rating of 8,800 pounds, compared to the 2013’s 6,900 pound rating.
Quintero received a letter in September 2014 from General Motors stating that the official tow ratings of his model had been adjusted from 8,800 to 6,700 pounds in accordance with the J2807 tow test protocol. This suddenly put his trailer load over the rating of the truck. The J2807 protocol is a very demanding test that includes prolonged steep uphill climbs. Even with the reduced official rating, the truck should be capable of towing the load, assuming conditions are not as grueling as the test protocol. However, the possibility exists that warranty claims could be denied on the basis that the truck was used beyond its designed limit, even reported after the initial sale.
Quintero is part of a class-action lawsuit against GM seeking restitution led by a legal group in Woodland Hills, California, a suburb of Los Angeles.
Source: Legal Newsline