GM has been grappling with a persistent problem known as the “Shift to Park” feature, which prevents drivers from starting and parking their vehicles.
Common Complaints and Potential Hazards
This issue has gained popularity among owners and renters of various GMC and Chevrolet car models, potentially qualifying them as lemons and leading to several GM recalls.
Many driver complaints regarding shift-to-park difficulties involve the need to repeatedly manipulate the electronic shifter to register the ‘Park’ position. This has resulted in drivers being stranded inside their vehicles when the vehicles fail to shift into ‘Park’, preventing them from exiting.
Vehicles affected by this issue may be prone to unintended rolling if they are not properly in the “Park” position.
Resolving this problem often requires a costly and time-consuming complete transmission replacement.
Lawsuits and Affected Models
Several lawsuits have been filed concerning the “Shift to Park” issue in Chevy and GMC vehicles, alleging that some cars from these brands cannot be turned off even after being placed in “Park”. This prevents drivers from shutting down and locking their vehicles.
Here is a list of models known to have the same issue:
- 2017-2018 GMC Acadia
- 2019 Chevrolet Blazer
- 2018-2019 Chevrolet Traverse
- 2016-2019 Chevrolet Volt
- 2019 Chevrolet Malibu (GM recall for shift to park)
Despite these issues falling under GM’s warranty, affected drivers often have to bear the cost of repairs out of their own pockets, as the automaker has been unable to find a solution.
Seeking Legal Assistance and Lemon Law Compensation
If you are experiencing problems with your gear shifter, including being stuck in park and persistent “shift to park” messages, it is advisable to address this issue. Contact The Margarian Law Firm at (818) 553-1000 to determine if your car qualifies for a California lemon law claim.
The Margarian Law Firm specializes in Lemon Law, Dealer Fraud, and Consumer Class Actions. Lemon Law provides compensation to customers who have vehicles with multiple irreparable defects, commonly referred to as Lemons. We have successfully helped numerous clients obtain compensation for their Lemons, and we can assist you as well. Compensation for Lemons may include the buyback of the defective vehicle, payment of attorney’s fees, or a cash settlement.