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What was the GMC instrument cluster recall of 07-08?

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There was no official recall concerning the GMC instrument cluster; however, a class-action suit filed against General Motors in 2007 and settled in 2008 amended the standard warranty for some models manufactured between 2003 and 2005. This special coverage adjustment provided for replacement of the vehicles' instrument clusters, per GM Speedometer Recall.

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The common origin of the problems associated with the dashboard instrument cluster in the affected vehicles is a faulty stepper motor, which can cause the speedometer, the tachometer, and the fuel gauge to display incorrectly or fail altogether, according to GM Speedometer Recall. The special coverage adjustment (Special Policy Adjustment 07187a) pertains to all affected models, including some Chevrolet, Cadillac, GMC, and Hummer vehicles, as noted in the Auto Talk Download Repair Service Manual.

In 2007, plaintiffs filed suits in two states, Washington and Oregon. The lawsuits alleged that GM failed to perform a product recall and instead continued to sell vehicles with defective instrument clusters even after becoming alert to the problem. As reported by the Seattle Times, the plaintiffs sought three types of compensation from GM: replacement of all speedometers on the affected models, reimbursement for vehicle owners who had already paid to replace their defective speedometers, and reimbursement for people who had to pay speeding tickets or had higher auto insurance rates due to defective speedometers.

GM's bankruptcy does not affect its ongoing obligation to perform the necessary speedometer repairs under the terms of the settlement, as stated on the GM Speedometer Recall Common Questions page.

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