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Chevy Camaro key fob recall required, lawsuit claims

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Chevy Camaro key fob recall required, lawsuit claims
The owner of a California Camaro claims her car was stolen by ‘relay car theft’ using a cloning device.

– A recall of the Chevy Camaro key fob is reportedly necessary, based on what a California car owner claims in a class action lawsuit.

According to the lawsuit, 2010 Chevrolet Camaros are susceptible to keyless car theft, or what’s sometimes called “relay car theft,” in which criminals use a cloning device to hack the key fob signal.

The Camaro key fob class action lawsuit was filed by California plaintiff Judy Cho, who purchased a new 2023 Chevrolet Camaro in October 2022.

In March 2024, her Chevrolet Camaro was stolen from her home and the plaintiff claims it is General Motors’ fault.

Prosecutors say she believes someone used a cloning device at the front door of her home, near where her key fob hung inside. She claims the cloning device picked up the signal from the key fob and that the device was used to trick her Camaro into “thinking” the key fob was near the car.

“This resulted in the unknown thief being able to gain access to the claimant’s vehicle without detection.” — Class action lawsuit against Chevy Camaro

Plaintiff reported the stolen Camaro to the police, but on April 12, her Camaro was still missing.

Without a Chevy Camaro key fob recall, car owners risk what happened to the plaintiff.

Chevrolet’s class action lawsuit points to the owner’s manual for the 2023 Chevrolet Camaro, which states that the car is equipped with “Keyless Open and Start – including Remote Keyless Entry with extended range and panic function.”

The class action also points to Chevrolet’s website, which states that Keyless Open and Keyless Start “can lock and unlock doors, access the tailgate or trunk, and start your car without removing your key fob from your pocket or bag, as long as it is within range.”

According to the Camaro lawsuit:

“The key fob’s unique code is sent to the cloning device and then used to trick the car into thinking the authentic key fob is nearby. Because the vehicle thinks the authentic key is nearby, the vehicle is unlocked and the engine can be started. , all without the car alarm going off.”

A GM recall is reportedly required because without action from the automaker, a Camaro owner could lose his car in 20 to 30 seconds, the time it takes to intercept the signal, unlock the car and start the engine.

Prosecutors say the alleged problem with the Chevy Camaro key fob is similar to recent thefts of Hyundai and Kia vehicles stolen by criminals who watched online videos of the vehicles being stolen.

The Camaro class action claims that video websites are full of videos and tips on how to use a cloning device to illegally steal a Camaro and other vehicles.

Similar to hundreds of lawsuits blaming Hyundai and Kia as criminals broke windows, destroyed steering columns, removed ignition switches and stole Hyundai and Kia vehicles, the Chevy Camaro lawsuit does not blame the criminals , but blames General Motors for the Camaro. theft.

“Defendant (GM) took no action to prevent or repair harm to consumers.” — Chevrolet Camaro Key Fob Lawsuit

The Chevrolet Camaro key fob class action lawsuit was filed in the United States District Court for the Central District of California: Judy Cho v. General Motors Company.

The plaintiff is represented by Kazerouni Law Group APC.