Drive a 2010-present Camaro? Read on.
The Chevrolet Camaro is a beloved muscle car in America and the world at large, but now there are some very unhappy and concerned owners. A new class-action lawsuit has just been filed claiming there are problems with the starter motor on 2010-present Camaros in the US.
The plaintiff who filed the suit, a resident of Delaware, claims he purchased a used 2016 Camaro with just under 18,000 miles back in January 2017. In May 2019, with around 32,000 miles on its odometer, the car began to allegedly experience starter problems and finally failed to start altogether. The owner brought the Camaro to a GM dealership who opted to replace the starter, wiring, and battery - all under warranty. Everything seemed all fine and good until this past summer when, once again, the Camaro became difficult to start.
Apparently, the starters on these Camaros are absorbing heat from defective heat shields. The shields are simply not protecting the starters, which adds resistance to the electrical conductors inside of them. What's more, additional power is required for these starters to function. The lawsuit claims there's essentially a limit to the amount of resistance a starter is capable of handling as current flow is reduced. The starter either turns slowly or stops functioning entirely. More than likely, the solenoid is damaged.
The suit further adds the starter wires are being damaged by heat. They're basically melting. This also causing damage to the fuse and fuse box. And let's not forget that a damaged starter will pull more power that'll lead to the battery dying before its time.
The plaintiffs are claiming additional side effects, such as engine damage involving the pinion and gear of the starter remaining engaged to the flywheel. Damage to the vehicles' entire electrical system is also possible. The court documents claim GM's heat shields do not curve under the starters to provide protection from heat. Camaro owners could wind up paying thousands of dollars out of pocket, once warranties end, for numerous problems that can all be traced back to defective starters.
Equally troubling is that the suit alleges GM has been aware of the Camaro's starter problems dating all the way back to 2010 but instead opted to conceal the issue rather than do something about it. All the while, dealerships have been blaming owners and/or bad batteries.