According to The Times, Zwicker is now the lead plaintiff in a federal lawsuit that seeks damages on behalf of those affected by such problems. This could amount to thousands of drivers. The lawsuit would apply to all Washington residents with 2003 through 2007 model year GM trucks and SUVs who have had to replace their speedometers. Although Zwicker's lawsuit is limited to Washington, another nearly identical lawsuit was filed in Oregon on behalf of John Hall.
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[Source: The Seattle Times]
Hall wasn't quite as lucky as Zwicker. He didn't have an extended warranty and so he had to pay $427.50 to replace the speedo on his 2003 GMC Envoy LE. Attorney Beth Terrell said she doesn't have any plans to lump together possible suits from other states with these two, explaining "it makes sense to prosecute GM in each state on behalf of that state's residents." All together there are 10 different GM vehicles identified in the suits: Five Chevrolets (Avalanche, Silverado, Suburban, Tahoe and Trailblazer), four GMCs (Denali, Envoy, Sierra and Trailblazer), and the Cadillac Escalade.
A GM spokeswoman had no comment because GM had not yet seen the lawsuits. The damages being sought in the suits include the obvious replacement of the speedometers and reimbursement of repair fees, but also goes so far as to call for compensation for any speeding tickets or increased insurance fees for people caught speeding with one of the affected vehicles.