Is your Chevrolet Silverado Pickup Truck a Lemon? Don’t Ask Walter

 Is your Chevrolet Silverado Pickup Truck a Lemon?

A new 2021 Chevrolet Silverado commercial featuring Walter the cat promotes General Motor’s popular American pickup truck, but don’t let the cat distract you from the merits of the vehicle.

While it may be cute to see a cat act like a dog, there’s nothing cute about a pickup truck potentially becoming a lemon.

Certainly, the commercial wants to lure potential buyer’s with its new feature, the Multi-Flex Tailgate. However, buyers should be more concerned about what’s under the hood of the Chevy Silverado.

Many people enjoy the Chevrolet Silverado pickup for its powerful engine and towing capabilities, but there are others who have experienced a range of issues from fuel pump failures to brake problems.

GM’s Chevrolet Silverado Pickup Truck Debuted in 1999

General Motors, the largest auto manufacturer in the United States, first introduced the Chevy Silverado in 1999. The truck is currently in its third generation. While it’s very popular, some of the models are prone to problems.

At the end of the day, are these issues bad enough to make you consider switching vehicles or are they fixable?

Recall for Side Airbag Inflators

A recent recall by General Motors for more than 400,000 full-size and heavy-duty Chevrolet Silverado for faulty side airbag inflators is just one of many complaints about the popular pickup trucks.

Specifically, the side airbag inflators mounted in the roof rails could rupture, even without an accident. Also, there is a higher risk of this happening in hotter areas.

During the manufacturing process, moisture may have got trapped inside the gas capsule. If that happens, it may corrode, leading to a rupture. If this happens, an explosion of hot gases would lead to roof rail parts entering the cabin.

This recall affects certain 2015 and 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500, 2500, and 3500 and GMC Sierra 1500, 2500, and 3500 pickups. The incidents happened in Florida and Texas, but fortunately there were no injuries.

Common problems in Chevrolet Silverado pickup trucks

  • Faulty rear axle cross pin
  • Vibrations
  • Washer fluid module
  • Electrical issues
  • Some Chevy Silverado model years are prone to brake problems. There are even 137 NHTSA complaints about them. Drivers report it felt like they couldn’t accelerate because the emergency brake was on.
  • The 4WD transfer case encoder motor position sensor or the selector switch may fail causing the service 4WD message to be displayed.
  • Inside door handles may break
  • Fuel pump failure. Owners advised to change filter at 30K miles.
  • Daytime running lights prone to die out early
  • Steering wheel position sensor may fail, resulting in the “service stability” message being displayed.
  • Side airbag inflators mounted in their roof rails may rupture, even without an accident.

Is Your Chevrolet Silverado a Lemon?

Have you been experiencing warranty problems with a newer model Chevrolet Silverado vehicle? Have those issues been requiring multiple repairs?

California’s lemon law is designed to protect those who have bought, leased or serviced their vehicles in California. That includes active duty military with a connection to California. Also, it requires car companies to repurchase or replace vehicles that suffer from warranty defects or repeated problems that cannot be fixed in a reasonable number of attempts. In some cases, just two repair attempts may lead to the vehicle qualifying as a lemon.

Under California lemon laws, owners of a Chevrolet Silverado vehicle could get a refund. Additionally, attorneys fees to fight the auto manufacturer are paid by the car manufacturer — not the vehicle owner.

So what have you got to lose, other than that defective vehicle?

California Lemon Law Attorney James Johnson

If you purchased a defective Chevrolet or General Motors pickup truck, and you have repeated problems, it may be time to call for help.

California Lemon Law Attorney James Johnson will review your case and let you know if it qualifies as a lemon.

We recommend that you obtain an invoice for all repairs and recall visits from the dealership. These documents will support your potential case. Should the vehicle experience repeated issues or become a safety risk, these documents support the Lemon Law Claim. Contact us for a free case review at 800-558-1087.


James Johnson ESQ