In a recent legal development, there has been a class action lawsuit against Hyundai Motor America. The lawsuit revolves around a critical concern: certain Hyundai vehicles have been sold with defective oil pumps, leading to what is described as a “massive fire risk.”
What is the concern and how many vehicles are affected?
The lawsuit, which was filed in a California federal court, suggests that Hyundai Motor America has allegedly sold vehicles with malfunctioning oil pumps. A concern that prompted a recall by Hyundai and its subsidiary, Kia. This recall affected over 90,000 vehicles from both automakers.
The main issue is with the oil pumps in these vehicles. According to the lead plaintiff, these oil pumps contain a controller that is prone to short-circuiting and overheating. This can lead to the oil becoming excessively hot and potentially ignitable. The inherent design flaw in the oil pump system is a significant fire hazard as this class action explains.
The vehicles affected by this issue include the model year 2023-2024 Hyundai Palisade, 2023 Hyundai Tucson, 2023 Hyundai Sonata, 2023 Hyundai Elantra, and 2023 Hyundai Kona.
Hyundai’s Role in the Defect
There is a nationwide class and a South Carolina subclass consisting of consumers who have purchased or leased any of the affected vehicles. The lawsuit further declares that Hyundai knowingly concealed and failed to disclose this oil pump defect to its customers.
The lawsuit has laid out a series of legal charges against Hyundai, including negligence, unjust enrichment, fraud by omission, negligent design defect, breach of implied warranty of merchantability, breach of express warranty, and violations of the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act. Franz has called for a jury trial and is requesting various forms of relief and damages for himself and other class members.
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