Chevrolet Traverse All Wheel Drive Lawsuit

A proposed class action alleges 2020 Chevrolet Traverses were labeled as “AWD” (All Wheel Drive) that were in fact “Front Wheel Drive” instead.  The lawsuit claims GM misrepresented the vehicles as being All Wheel Drive—a function that “enhances traction and control on slipper or snow-covered roads.”  Thus, the plaintiffs contend, GM’s purported misrepresentation to consumers presents a safety risk. 

As alleged in the complaint, originally filed in San Mateo County Superior Court, the named plaintiffs bought a 2020 Chevrolet Traverse with a factory-affixed “AWD” emblem in California.  In February 2021, after a snowfall, the plaintiffs tried to drive their Traverse out of their garage, but it got stuck in the driveway, and they were stranded at home until the snow melted.  Afterward, they took the vehicle to a GM dealership, which verified their vehicle was Front Wheel Drive, instead of All Wheel Drive.

The lawsuit has now been removed to a federal court in California.

The plaintiffs raise claims including breach of warranty, violation of state consumer law, false advertising, and negligent misrepresentation.

The lawsuit seeks remedies including damages, attorney fees, costs, and interest. The case is currently scheduled for a hearing in May 2023 on the plaintiffs’ motion to remand the case. 

The case is Kyle Buffenmyer et al. v. General Motors LLC, et al., case number 3:23-cv-00739-CRB, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California.