TEXARKANA – A Bowie County consumer alleges an auto manufacturer sold vehicles with defective braking systems.

John J. Harris, individually and on behalf of all others similarly situated, filed a complaint on Oct. 23 in the Texarkana Division of the Eastern District of Texas against General Motors Co. citing the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff purchased a 2015 Chevrolet Suburban in December 2014 and that he and his wife noticed that the brakes were not functioning properly beginning in January 2017. The plaintiff took the vehicle to a dealership for repairs.

The suit states that on Feb. 28, the plaintiff's wife was driving the Suburban when the brake problem presented and the brake would not depress, which caused it to crash with another vehicle. The plaintiff alleges the vehicle remains inoperable and his family was left with lack of transportation due to the brake failure. 

The plaintiff holds General Motors Co. responsible because the defendant allegedly sold thousands of vehicles without mentioning the braking defect.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks an order certifying this action as a class action and for the issuance of notice to the class members, judgment against defendant consistent with the damages and such other relief that the class may prove themselves entitled. He is represented by James C. Wyly and Sean F. Rommel of Wyly-Rommel PLLC in Texarkana and F. Jerome Tapley, Hirlye R. “Ryan” Lutz III and Adam Pittman of Cory Watson PC in Birmingham, Alabama.

Texarkana Division of the Eastern District of Texas case number 5:17-cv-00180

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