General Motors to Offer Buyers of 2016 Fullsize Crossovers Compensation Package
Mislabeled Fuel Economy Ratings Lead to Potential Class-Action Suit
Following a stop-sale of GM’s fullsize crossovers over incorrect fuel economy labels, the company may offer buyers of the Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia, and Buick Enclave compensation over the error.
Changes to the 2016 Traverse, Acadia, and Enclave’s emissions control systems meant the SUVs needed to be recertified for environmental impact, but through what the company called a “data transmission” error, their window stickers were labeled with erroneous data from 2015. GM realized the mistake and issued a stop-sale on all unsold 2016 Lambda crossovers until correct labels could be printed. According to Automotive News, the company resumed sales Tuesday after applying corrected fuel economy figures.
However, several customers who purchased their 2016 crossovers since they went on sale last year are upset and have filed a class-action suit over the issue. One customer claims he would not have purchased his Traverse had the fuel economy label been correct.
The error was discovered late last week. Although the SUVs were recertified for their new emissions controls, fuel economy data from those tests were not included in the calculations made for their fuel economy labels. According to Automotive News, GM is working with the Environmental Protection Agency over the error, and it hopes to provide its customers with a compensation plan within a week.
Source: Automotive News