A putative class action lawsuit filed against General Motors alleges 2017-2020 Bolt EV vehicles have defective blind spot detection sensors. Specifically, the complaint alleges the passenger-side detection sensors frequently activate the blind spot warnings lights when nothing is present in the blind spots.
“Besides annoying and confusing drivers,” California plaintiff Loren Stone argues, “the blind spot system defect poses a safety hazard to the drivers and those with whom they share the road.” He contends GM issued a Technical Service Bulletin in November 2017 offering owners a free fix for the issue, but it waited over three years to acknowledge the issue and had failed to compensate those who had paid out-of-pocket for a repair.
As further alleged in the complaint, Mr. Stone experienced the defect in his 2018 Chevy Bolt. The dealership failed to diagnose the issue and instead replaced the driver-side mirror. When the warning light issue persisted, Mr. Stone took the car back to the dealership. This time, he claims, the dealership correctly diagnosed the issue and fixed it by replacing the foil adhesive shielding, but charged him about $60.
The lawsuit seeks remedies including monetary damages and reimbursement to all affected owners and lessees.
The case is Loren Stone v. General Motors, LLC, case number 2:21-cv-05874. It is in the United States District Court for the Central District of California.