New GM says it not responsible to fix Chevrolet Impala made by… old GM

Article by Christian A., on August 29, 2011

General Motors Co. has filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit related to a suspension defect on over 400,000 Chevrolet Impalas from the 2007 and 2008 model years, citing that it isn’t liable for repairs since the cars were built before its bankruptcy and bailout.

Donna Trusky of Blakely, Pa., filed the lawsuit on June 29, claiming that her Impala had defective rear spindle rods and as a result, her rear tires wore out after only 6,000 miles.

The suit, which alleges breach of warranty, is seeking class-action status, says Reuters. The suit is demanding that GM repair the rods, something that it had done on Impala police vehicles.

GM said in a filing with the U.S. District Court in Detroit that the cars were built by predecessor General Motors Corp., now known as Motors Liquidation Co. or "Old GM."

It further stated that the present company, referred to as "New GM," did not assume responsibility under the reorganization to repair the Impala problem, but only to make repairs "subject to conditions and limitations" in express written warranties. In other words, the wrong entity was sued.

Benjamin Jeffers, a GM lawyer, said: “New GM's warranty obligations for vehicles sold by Old GM are limited to the express terms and conditions in the Old GM written warranties on a going-forward basis.” He added that New GM did not assume responsibility for the design choices, conduct, or alleged breaches of liability of Old GM under the warranty.

Chevrolet unveiled the 2006 Impala at the 2005 Los Angeles Auto Show, with its base model powered by a 3.-liter V6 engine delivering up to 211 hp. The Impala SS has, as its core, a Generation IV small-block V8 engine – a new 5.3-liter V8 mill with Displacement on Demand – that can generate 303 hp of max output. This marks the first that such V8 engine is fitted on a front wheel drive vehicle, and in the process making the Impala SS as most powerful FWD model in the world.

Underpinned by the updated GM W platform that also underpins the Buick LaCrosse, the 2006 Chevrolet Impala has dimensions that measure 200.4 inches (509 cm) in length, 72.9 inches (185.2 cm) in width, and 58.7 inches (149.1 cm) in height. In terms of appearance, the new Impala resembles the Ford Fusion and Honda Accord.

The new 2006 Chevrolet Impala is available in four trim levels: LS, LT, LTZ and SS. The 9C1 & 9C3 trim levels for the Police Package models have also been updated. These Police Package models of the Impala aren’t powered by 303-hp V8 engine of the SS trim, much to the chagrin of police officers who will drive them. Likewise, the new Impala received severe criticisms from critics who expected it to feature a more aggressive appearance.

Chevrolet also revise the cabin of the 2006 Chevrolet Impala, which now comes with a new wood trim center console with all major control buttons now featuring chrome accents. A chrome Impala logo can be found on the dashboard, as embedded in the wood grain trim running across the fascia onto the doors.

Moreover, the new control knobs of the 2006 Chevrolet Impala are now similar to those in the new Buick models and in the Cadillac DTS. Interestingly, the Impala has a similar center console as these models. In addition, the new Impala feature cupholders carefully concealed underneath the mid-section of the center console.

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