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Kia Have Announced Recall for Sportage and Carnival SUVs

The Korean automaker has announced hundreds of models are subject to recall after faulty wiring harnesses which can cause engine cutouts.

The Reason Behind The Recall

Kia has issued a recall for its Carnival 2.2-litre diesel model due to a faulty wiring harness. The recall notice reveals that the issue stems from the incorrect manufacturing of the engine wiring harness. This has led to a potential poor connection at the crankshaft position sensor and could result in a loss of motive power and/or engine stalling. The significance of this flaw is underscored by the potential risks it poses, including an increased likelihood of accidents, injuries, or fatalities for both vehicle occupants and other road users.

Which Models Are Affected?

The recall affects Kia Carnival 2.2 CRDI vehicles that were manufactured and sold in the year 2023. The specific identification numbers (VINs) of the affected vehicles have been listed by Kia, and owners are encouraged to check whether their vehicle is part of the recall. The faulty wiring harness issue has been isolated to this particular model and production year, emphasizing the need for owners to take action.

What Owners Need To Do Next

Owners of the affected vehicles are urged to take immediate action to address the potential risks associated with the faulty wiring harness. Kia advises owners to contact their preferred Kia dealer promptly to schedule an appointment for a crucial update to the multi-function switch software. This service will be provided to owners free of charge.

How Do I Know if my Kia is Affected?

To determine whether your Kia vehicle is affected by the recall, you can refer to the list of VINs provided by Kia on their official website. Additionally, owners can directly download the list of affected VINs for reference. For those who prefer direct communication, reach out to Kia’s Customer Service hotline, or send an email to customer_service@kia.com.au to obtain information about the recall and its implications for their specific vehicle.

How Consumers Can Take Back Control

This latest announcement from Kia affects hundreds of owners in Australia. Whilst fixes have been announced for the affected vehicles, many owners continue to be unhappy with the solutions provided by automakers. These problems have the potential to escalate into further legal action, just like this – underlining the importance of protecting consumer rights.

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Hyundai Kona Recall Announcement – Information Owners Need To Know

Hyundai has issued a critical recall affecting 10,984 of its 2024 Kona vehicles with 1.6T-GDI engines, produced between June 19 and Dec. 18, 2023. The recall is due to a potential battery cable issue that could lead to engine compartment fires, posing a serious safety risk.

Who’s Affected?

If you own a 2024 Hyundai Kona with a 1.6T-GDI engine, take immediate action. The recall is nationwide, impacting Hyundai owners across the United States.

Why the Recall?

The positive Kona 12-volt battery cable may sustain damage in a frontal crash, creating an electrical short and the risk of an engine compartment fire.

Watch for warning signs such as smoke from the engine compartment and a burning/melting odor. If you notice these indicators, address the issue promptly to mitigate risks.

Immediate Action Required

Hyundai is addressing the problem by installing protective sheathing over the 12-volt positive (B+) and alternator wiring connected to the junction block in the engine compartment. Contact Hyundai at 800-633-5151 to schedule a dealership visit for the free installation of protective sheathing. Notifications for dealers and owners are set for Feb. 23.

Reimbursement for Expenses

Owners incurring out-of-pocket expenses related to the recall will be reimbursed by Hyundai. This includes costs associated with addressing the battery cable issue.

Stay informed about the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) scrutiny of Hyundai recalls. Monitor for updates and additional actions taken by Hyundai and the NHTSA.

Additional Information for Hyundai Owners

Separately, Hyundai is conducting a safety recall related to potential fire risks in certain 2019-2020 Kona EV and 2020 Ioniq EV vehicles. Owners will receive notification letters with details about the recall and remedies.

Your Safety Comes First: Act Now

If you suspect your Hyundai Kona is affected, act promptly. Contact Hyundai, schedule a dealership visit and stay updated on developments. Prioritize your safety and the safety of others on the road.

How Consumers Can Take Back Control

This latest recall from Hyundai affects almost 11,000 owners. Whilst recalls have been announced for the affected Kona battery, many owners continue to be unhappy with the solutions provided by automakers. These problems have the potential to escalate into further legal action, just like this – underlining the importance of protecting consumer rights.

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Kia Sorento Recall and Class Action Lawsuit: A Closer Look

Kia recalls 145,000 Sorentos due to unexpected rear-view camera mounting clip breakage. The defect risks the disappearance of the image, leading to the class action on the 2022-2023 Sorento models. To address the issue, the recall involves adding stiffening ribs to the housing. Owners are advised to visit dealerships for a free replacement of the camera housing. This recall follows another concerning Optimas and Rios.

Kia’s Response and Resolution

To address the issue, Kia plans to reinforce the housing of the mounting clips by adding stiffening ribs, as indicated in recall documents submitted to NHTSA. The company aims to notify affected Kia Sorento owners in late October, offering them a free replacement of the camera housing at Kia dealerships. The affected vehicle models are:

  • 2022/23 Sorento
  • 20/23 Sorento Hybrid
  • 20/23 Sorento Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV)

Kia has allocated a recall number, SC280, providing a structured approach for owners to seek assistance or information. However, this isn’t the only challenge Kia faces, as a previous recall for Optimas and Rios, coupled with broader industry concerns about vehicle thefts, and further amplifies the intricacies surrounding the brand.

The Legal Landscape Unfolds

Adding a layer of complexity, a Kia Sorento class action lawsuit alleges that the August 2023 recall may not be sufficient to rectify the mounting clip issue. The legal case, lodged in a California court, seeks over $5 million in damages.

The plaintiff, Vermell Singletary, alleges that the recall may not genuinely resolve the problem and anticipates a significant time commitment in dealing with the recall process. While Kia has acknowledged over 120 reports of loose or displaced cameras, there have been no reported crashes or injuries related to this specific issue.

Legal Claims and Industry Ramifications

The lawsuit not only seeks monetary compensation but also emphasizes the inconvenience and potential safety hazards caused by the alleged defect.

This legal action brings to light multiple claims, including:

  1. Breach of warranty
  2. Negligent design defect
  3. Fraud
  4. Unjust enrichment
  5. Negligence

Recent recalls concern Kia’s safety and product reliability in 2023. Incidents, including a surge in thefts, draw attention to the need for robust security measures. The industry closely watches Kia’s response, anticipating potential effects on manufacturing standards. In the face of emerging threats, Kia and fellow automakers must reassess and enhance their technological measures to protect vehicles.

Final Words

Kia’s legal and reputational challenges, intensified by recalls and discontent among consumers, have far-reaching implications. The outcome not only impacts Kia’s financial stability but also sets a precedent for industry-wide manufacturing standards. Consumers closely scrutinize Kia’s responses, emphasizing the need for a comprehensive approach to navigate these complex challenges and restore trust in the brand. Navigating legal complexities, Kia’s crucial task is to communicate, engage, and reassure consumers proficiently. This effort is pivotal for rebuilding trust and mitigating potential reputational damage.

We take these issues seriously as a Lemon Firm dedicated to suing automakers. If you need help with your hybrid or EV, reach out. Our skilled attorneys have a track record of securing compensation for clients with manufacturer defects, and we’re here to assist you, too. Dial (833) Lemon-Firm to connect with a Lemon Law expert today.

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Electric Vehicle Charger Issues Result in Nationwide Class Action Lawsuits for Kia

Electric vehicle owners have recently faced a wave of challenges and disappointments, with a series of class action lawsuits. 

Owners of Kia vehicles in the United States were recently surprised when a recall was issued for the 2017-2022 Niro and 2018-2022 Niro Plug-in Hybrid models. 

History of The Hydraulic Clutch Actuator Recall and Cause

These vehicles were deemed to be at risk of engine compartment fires, a concerning safety issue that affected more than 121,000 vehicles. The recall began after discovering that fluid leakage into the printed circuit board inside the hydraulic clutch actuator (HCA) and could lead to engine compartment fires while driving. While Kia offers free repairs, recalls like these can sometimes lead to class-action lawsuits.

The Problems Don’t Stop Here with Charge Port Recalls

In another development, a class-action lawsuit has been filed against Hyundai, Kia, and Genesis over faulty charge ports that affect several EV models, including the Hyundai Ioniq 5, Ioniq 6, Kia EV6, and Genesis GV60. The issue arises during Level 2 charging, causing slow charge times or complete charging failures. Accusers claim that these chargers frequently overheat, disrupting charging routines and forcing owners to unplug and restart the process. While a software update has been offered as a solution, it fails to fully address the problem, leaving owners frustrated.

Conclusion and How You Can Take Back Control

EV owners are facing a range of issues, from fire risks to overheating chargers and charging failures. While recalls and software updates have been initiated, many owners continue to be unhappy with the solutions provided by automakers. These problems have the potential to escalate into further legal action, underlining the importance of protecting consumer rights.

If you struggle with vehicle troubles and feel cornered against big vehicle brands, remember it is always better to have experts with you. With extensive experience and successful cases at hand, The Lemon Firm is your best bet. With the dedicated team members always at your disposal, the package becomes too good to be true. So, if your car is giving you a headache, don’t hesitate to reach out!

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Hyundai Oil Pump Defect – Class Action Lawsuit: What You Need to Know

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.

Find Yourself with a Car Defect? The Lemon Firm Is Here to Help

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Hyundai and Kia Oil Consumption Class Action Settled

Over 2 million vehicle owners have been affected by oil consumption issues prompting a class-action lawsuit against the manufacturers. However, recently an agreement has been made that might relieve the consumers. It means you might be entitled to compensation if you own an affected vehicle. Let’s walk through the details and learn what this implies for you as a Hyundai or Kia owner.

Overview of the Settlement

In 2017, Hyundai and Kia got accused of engine defects in several models that led to fires, as well as engine failure. Subsequently this class action lawsuit was filed. The lawsuit was brought on behalf of over 4 million car owners and the companies agreed to a settlement of $760 million. 

The affected models include:

(Theta II 2.4-liter MPI engine)

  • 2010/12 Hyundai Santa Fe
  • 2010/13 Hyundai Tucson
  • 2010/13 Kia Forte 
  • 2010/13 Kia Forte Koup
  • 2011/13 Kia Sorento
  • 2011/13 Kia Sportage

(Theta II 2.4-liter MPI Hybrid engine)

  • 2011/15 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
  • 2011/16 Kia Optima Hybrid

(Nu 2.0 GDI engine)

  • 2014/21 Hyundai Tucson 
  • 2014 Hyundai Elantra Coupe 
  • 2014/16 Hyundai Elantra 
  • 2014/20 Hyundai Elantra GT
  • 2014/18 Kia Forte
  • 2014/19 Kia Soul

(Nu 2.0 GDI Hybrid engine)

  • 2016/19 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid/Plug-In 
  • 2017/20 Kia Optima Hybrid/Plug-In 

(Gamma 1.6-liter GDI engine)

  • 2012/16 Kia Soul
  • 2012/17 Hyundai Veloster 

Key Advantages for the Owners

This settlement includes a 15-year/150,000 Miles extension by Hyundai from the vehicle’s retail date. The settlement benefits to affected car owners include compensation, extended warranty, free inspection and repair services, and a customer care program. The companies will also invest in safety measures and engine defect repairs, such as research and development, to improve safety features and quality control. These measures will ensure that companies are held accountable for future issues and prevent future engine defects.

The Settlement Terms

The settlement terms outline hefty compensation, extended warranty, and free repair services. The compensation amount depends on the extent of damage and the mileage when the vehicle was repaired. Additionally, the companies agreed to create a customer care program to address concerns and issues related to engine defects. 

They will also provide inspection and repair services to affected car owners, which include a software update and an engine inspection. Furthermore, the extended warranty covers the engine short block assembly, long block assembly, and the engine’s internal lubricated parts. 

Compensation for Affected Customers

If Your Car Was Repaired

The Hyundai and Kia settlement will cover expenses incurred at an authorized dealership or third-party repair shop, minus any previous reimbursement. Customers who had their car repaired at a third-party repair shop can claim a $150 goodwill payment. Furthermore, towing and rental car expenses will be reimbursed. You can claim transportation or towing expenses if your car’s engine caught fire or failed. 

If You Replaced Your Car

You can submit a claim for a rebate if your engine failed or caught fire or you sold your Hyundai or Kia and bought a new one from an authorized dealership. The rebate amount (ranging from $1,000 to $2,500) will be the difference between the maximum Black Book value and the amount you received for the sale.

If Your Car Is Not In Use

If you sold or traded your car, you can claim $150 and the amount (Vehicle’s wholesale used-to value minus the amount received in the sale). If you lost your vehicle due to an engine fire caused by the alleged defect, you receive the car’s maximum Black Book value at the time of the loss, minus any value received, and an additional $150 goodwill payment.

If Your Car Incurred Damage

The class action settlement does not cover claims related to injuries and damages, except for damages to the vehicles covered by the settlement. In an otherwise situation, you can still pursue legal action for those claims.

Will This Settlement Set a Precedent?

This settlement could set a precedent for forthcoming cases involving similar issues. If other automakers sell vehicles with defects, they could face similar lawsuits and settlements. Companies might also be more motivated to issue recalls or take corrective actions to address defects. Additionally, they might be more cautious when introducing new technologies or designs, as they could face legal repercussions if found defective.

Bottom Line

As the Hyundai and Kia engine failure settlement comes to a close, this is a significant step in the right direction for the affected owners. Ultimately, this serves as a reminder that safety and reliability must be manufacturers’ top priority.

Opting out of the Hyundai and Kia class action lawsuit before August 7, 2023, could lead to greater compensation, including full reimbursement and punitive damages, through filing an individual lawsuit. This ensures the chance to receive the reimbursement deserved and safeguards lemon law rights. Therefore, connect with our expert Lemon Firm Attorneys to take action before the December 7, 2023, deadline to file a claim. Additionally, opposing the class highlights Hyundai and Kia’s attempt to reduce their responsibility for selling faulty vehicles.

Call our Lemon Law experts at (833) Lemon-firm if you’ve experienced issues with your hybrid or EV. Our experienced attorneys have successfully recovered compensation for clients who were sold vehicles with manufacturer defects.

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Legal Battle Against Hyundai and Kia: ABS Defect Class Action

Hyundai and Kia are facing another lawsuit over allegations of an issue with their anti-lock braking systems can cause system failure while putting the lives of drivers and passengers at risk. In this regard, the current class action was brought forward in response to widespread allegations made by a group of car owners. As a result, they demand compensation for the cost associated with repairing the anti-lock braking system, as well as compensation for damages or accidents. 

ABS Defect Controversy

Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) is a critical safety feature that is usually present in modern vehicles. Although the ABS seems complex, its function is quite simple. It aids in controlling the vehicles in case of emergency conditions. When the brakes are applied, the ABS prevents the wheels from skidding and locking up. However, making it possible to regulate, control, and restrict accidents. There are numerous components of ABS, including wheel speed sensors, the ABS pump, and the control module. However, an ABS defect occurs when there is damage to a vehicle’s ABS.

The ABS defect class action against both companies alleges that there is a failure in the anti-lock braking system of certain cars can cause a loss of braking ability. The plaintiffs accused Hyundai and Kia of selling vehicles equipped with defective ABS systems and failing to address the issue promptly. 

Number of Affected Vehicles

Both automakers have already recalled the vehicles with the ABS defect. In the recall, Hyundai claims to observe the ABS module’s circuit card hindrance where its parts are exposed to humidity. Although the customers expected that these vehicles would be safe to drive on the road, both companies failed to fulfill this expectation. In terms of the number of cars affected by the ABS defect class action, over 130,000 Hyundai vehicles and 58,000 Kia vehicles have been recalled. Following vehicle models are possible opt-outs if they had these issues under the original manufacturers’ warranty:

  • 2018-2021 Kia Stinger
  • 2019-2021 Hyundai Tucson
  • 2016-2021 Hyundai Tucson
  • 2015-2016 Genesis
  • 2017-2020 Genesis G80 

If you want to safeguard your lemon law rights and file an individual lawsuit, this is the time to take action. If you choose to exclude yourself, you must do so before April 3, 2023. We urge you to connect with our expert class-action lawyers to opt out of the class. An individual lawsuit may yield a buyback that could bring you full reimbursement and the possibility of punitive damages. Much larger compensation than the general class member’s extended warranties or minimal settlements can be rewarded. This is just another example of Hyundai and Kia attempting to reduce their responsibility for selling faulty vehicles in the United States and globally. Please get in touch with us today for more information.

Bottom Line

The ABS defect class action against Hyundai and Kia is a major legal battle that has far-reaching implications for the automotive industry and consumers. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of consumers who purchased vehicles with ABS systems that were found to be defective. Nevertheless, the users have been made aware of their rights and the legal options available to them in the event of faulty vehicles. 

Our experienced attorneys have helped several customers recover their compensation for purchasing faulty vehicles. If you also face this issue, call (833) Lemon firm to speak with our Lemon Law expert today.

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An Overview of Hyundai & KIA over the Defective Hitch Wiring:

Why Is Your Hitch Wiring Harness Going Bad? 

Despite how safely you drive, how you wear seatbelts, and how well-maintained your car is, if you don’t care about what’s going on inside the boot or the hitch wiring harness, you’ll never be able to fully-guaranteed about security. Moreover, the wiring harness is just as crucial as fuel pumps, engines, suspension systems, etc. Because they can be burned and broken, causing great damage to the car due to the defects in your system. 

But have you ever thought about the reasons your hitch-wiring harness getting faults? You probably are not! That’s why here are a few reasons to let you signify about the malfunction in the hitch wiring of your vehicle.  

Uneven Braking 

The hitch wire, which connects your car’s electrical system to the trailer, might be faulty for various reasons, including difficulty braking. Due to the length of the wire interconnecting each magnet connection, imbalance braking results in inconsistent braking performance at each wheel as it increases the resistance level. This resistance is frequent in automobiles and eventually becomes the cause of faulty hitch wiring because it causes the trailer to twirl when you apply brakes.

Poor Designs

There are five wires for which the trailer of the car is designed. But imagine! What would happen if the designs were poorly built? Of course, they will affect the hitch wiring harness of your vehicle to a greater extent since connecting the hitch to the trailer will become impossible. That’s why poor designs are also among the reasons for faulty hitch wiring.  

Sub-standard Materials

Not all automakers are that honest to use pure copper to do the wiring of your vehicle’s hitch. Because the copper alloy is mainly used for this purpose, it’s definitely a cheap alternative to high-quality copper, but it’s likely to get overheated and break soon. Thus, some automakers use sub-par materials (copper alloy) while manufacturing automobiles, which eventually becomes the reason for the malfunctioning in hitch wiring. 

The First Recall of Hyundai & KIA over the Malfunctioning Tow Wiring

Hyundai and Kia launched their first recalls, affecting almost two million Hyundai Palisades and thirty thousand Kia Tellurides. The problem is that all these vehicles have defective hitch wiring, which might pose a severe risk to automobile owners. As a result, the automaker stated that dirt and dampness could accumulate on a circuit board in the tow hitch wire, resulting in an electrical short and a burn. As a result, car owners have been urged to keep their vehicles outdoors and away from homes and other constructions until the automotive company has fixed them.

However, the auto firm announcing the recall does not imply that it should be mocked or demeaned because of the manufacturing issue. The recalls may be beneficial or harmful. If a firm recalls on its own, it should be commended. The same can be said for Hyundai and Kia, both big automotive industry brands with numerous indisputable global recognitions. 

Our Right Over Defects – How Can You File A Lawsuit Against The Carmakers?

Cars are among the most precious commodities, and one buys them with the expectation that they will last longer. But what if you discovered a flaw a few years ago, and your automobile now spends more time in the shop than on the route? First, seek recalls issued by the automobile manufacturer. It simply means that owners of recalled vehicles have the right to take their vehicles to dealerships and have the problematic parts fixed or replaced for free. Well! Most firms do not do it. Although Hyundai, Kia, Toyota, and others appear to publish recalls frequently.

However, automobile manufacturers do not always recall, and occasionally the problem persists even after treatment. These vehicles are referred to as “lemons” because they feature a flaw that significantly hinders the owner’s ability to drive a vehicle. You are eligible for a refund or a replacement vehicle if you find that your automobile is a lemon. 

Seeking For a Lawyer Regarding Defects, Repairs, and Lawsuits?

Defective car parts can be annoying and can cause major problems. Even you are not safe when you are driving. Auto Justice Attorneys can assist you in resolving such problems. You may have problems finding a professional attorney to file a case, but you no longer need to be concerned. We don’t want to downplay these concerns because we are a lemon law firm that sues automakers. Let’s discuss today if you’ve had any of these problems or others with your hybrid or EV. Because our skilled attorneys at our Lemon Company have successfully recovered compensation for our clients who were sold a car with manufacturing issues, we can do the same for you.

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Hyundai Class Action Lawsuit Following Recall Over Exploding Seat Belts

Hyundai knowingly sold vehicles containing a defect that can cause a vital seat belt part to explode, a new class action lawsuit alleges.

Hyundai had issued a safety recall in May for around 239k vehicles over faulty seat belts which are designed to retract and tighten a seat belt the moment a crash happens, could explode and scatter metal fragments throughout the vehicle.

According to the lawsuit, the cause of the seat belt pretensioner problem remains unknown. The class action lawsuit alleges Hyundai has known of the seat belt pretensioner defect since at least September 2021, when it was informed by NHTSA of a crash involving a 2021 Elantra. 

During the incident, the suit says, the driver-side seat belt pretensioner “deployed abnormally,” propelling metal fragments throughout the cabin and injuring a passenger’s leg.

“Defendants knew or should have known of the Seat Belt Defect much earlier due to pre-production testing, failure mode analysis, and reports to authorized dealers, repair centers, and complaints to the NHTSA,” the complaint charges. “Despite having knowledge of the exploding seat belt pretensioners, Hyundai concealed this information, delayed issuing a recall, and still to this day has not sent notification letters to owners of the defective vehicles.”

The Class Action Alleges “An inherent safety risk”

Hyundai promoted its vehicles as offering “untouched and elite” safety but the cars ultimately “have not lived up to their promise of being the best in safety.”

“Rather than ‘add[ing] ten years to [their] life,” the complaint says, “Plaintiffs and the Class are at an increased risk for crashes, severe injury, and death.” 

As per class action, the pretensioner is part of a vehicle’s seat belt system and is responsible for locking the belt during a collision to keep the occupant in position.

The lawsuit alleges, seat belt pretensioner explodes abnormally during a crash and sends metal fragments throughout the vehicle compartment.

Affected Hyundai vehicles in the lawsuit

The Hyundai vehicle models allegedly equipped with defective seat belt pretensioners include:

  • 2019-2022 Hyundai Accent;
  • 2021-2023 Hyundai Elantra; and
  • 2021-2022 Hyundai Elantra Hybrid.

Owners of affected vehicles can go to a dealership, where the seat belt pretensioners will be fitted with a cap at no cost. Vehicles that are no longer covered under a Hyundai warranty are eligible for repair. The automaker also will reimburse owners for out-of-pocket expenses they incur to get the defect fixed. Hyundai is expected to notify owners by July 15, NHTSA said. 

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If you are an automobile owner and have manufacturing issues, you can contact us regarding your involvement in this or any potential class-action lawsuit. Serious vehicle problems require serious legal representation, especially when you are bringing a claim against a major automaker. 

At the Lemon Firm, our experienced Attorneys have been able to successfully recover compensation for our clients who were sold a vehicle with manufacturer defects, and we can do the same for you. Call (833) Lemon-Firm to speak with a Lemon law expert today.

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Hyundai Class Action Lawsuit Over Excessive Engine Oil Consumption

A Hyundai oil consumption lawsuit blames the automaker for not making buyers aware of excessive engine oil consumption issues in more than 20 of its models.

Owners say Hyundai should have recalled the vehicles because the engines allegedly use excessive amounts of oil, stall, and eventually fail because vehicles are equipped with defective Nu, Gamma, Theta, Lambda, and Kappa engines.

On Apr. 12, 8 owners filed a class action lawsuit against Hyundai in a California federal court for violating federal warranty laws.

Hyundai and Kia Models With Excessive Oil Consumption Issues

According to the Hyundai and Kia class action lawsuit, the below Hyundai and Kia models have excessive oil consumption problems.

  • 2012-2020 Hyundai Elantra
  • 2009-2018 Hyundai Genesis Coupe
  • 2019-2021 Hyundai Kona
  • 2020-2021 Hyundai Palisade
  • 2010-2012 and 2015-2021 Hyundai Santa Fe
  • 2009-2010 and 2015-2021 Hyundai Sonata
  • 2011–2021 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
  • 2010-2013 and 2015-2021 Hyundai Tucson
  • 2011-2021 Hyundai Veloster
  • 2020-2021 Hyundai Venue
  • 2010-2021 Kia Forte
  • 2017-2020 Kia Niro
  • 2011-2020 Kia Optima and Optima Hybrid
  • 2012-2021 Kia Rio
  • 2011-2020 Kia Sorento
  • 2012-2021 Kia Soul
  • 2011-2020 Kia Sportage
  • 2018-2021 Kia Stinger
  • 2022 Kia K5

The Hyundai and Kia oil consumption lawsuit alleges owners constantly use excessive amounts of oil, costing their owners huge sums of money. The plaintiffs also say adding too much oil isn’t the solution because by adding oil above the maximum fill line the crankshaft will be partially or fully submerged and too much oil will strain and damage the gaskets and seals protecting the engine which leads to oil leaks.

According to the suit, other than oil consumption, defective engines migrate oils to places it shouldn’t be, and it causes damage to the combustion and exhaust systems and keeps them from operating properly.

The lawsuit alleges owners must constantly check the oil levels more than normal, and oil must allegedly be added to the engines more frequently than even the owner’s manuals recommend.

This allegedly causes “abnormal wear of engine parts, oversaturation of carbon and deposits of oil sludge, ultimately requiring a costly engine rebuild or replacement.”

Hyundai Should Honor Warranty Claims Outside of Terms

According to the Hyundai class action suit, Hyundai should honor warranty claims even when the warranties have expired.

The plaintiffs allege that Hyundai should have recalled the vehicles but hasn’t. According to the lawsuit, Hyundai, and Kia can’t adequately repair the oil consumption problems but the automakers deny coverage if owners cannot provide maintenance records.

The Hyundai oil consumption lawsuit was filed by these plaintiffs:

  • Davy Cho / California / 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe
  • Bryan Rothmaler / Illinois / 2017 Hyundai Tucson Sport
  • Beth Makie / Massachusetts / 2016 Kia Sorento
  • Anna Chmura / Wisconsin / 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport
  • Anthony Banderas / Nevada / 2020 Hyundai Kona
  • Michelle Smith / Florida / 2016 Hyundai Sonata
  • Catherine Little / Texas / 2017 Hyundai Sonata
  • Luticia and Thomas Thompson / Kentucky / 2016 Kia Sorento

The automakers allegedly don’t warn customers about excessive oil consumption issues even when the symptoms match, then owners must put their vehicles through oil consumption tests. And those tests require driving thousands of miles to determine if excessive amounts of oil is consumed and costing money out of the owner’s pocket.

And the suit also says owners must suffer through long wait times for replacement parts,  “and in most cases do not receive required engine replacements.”

Meanwhile, Hyundai has expanded its recall for exploding seat belt part issue which has caused multiple injuries including 6,240 of its 2021-2022 Elantra and 2020 Accent vehicles.

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If you are an automobile owner and have manufacturing issues, you can contact us regarding your involvement in this or any potential class-action lawsuit. Serious vehicle problems require serious legal representation, especially when you are bringing a claim against a major automaker. 

At the Lemon Firm, our experienced Attorneys have been able to successfully recover compensation for our clients who were sold a vehicle with manufacturer defects, and we can do the same for you. Call (833) Lemon-Firm to speak with a Lemon law expert today.