If you own or lease a Kia that has been in for repeated repairs for the same problem, you may have a lemon on your hands. That’s the time to call CAA – The Lemon Firm. Our esteemed consumer advocates regularly handle Kia lemon claims on behalf of California consumers. We are familiar with the issues affecting Kia vehicles and obtain exceptional results for Kia owners, at no charge to our clients.
While Kia boasts affordability, quality and performance, countless consumers have complained about:
- Axle defects
- Defective airbags
- Engine stalling
- Engine failure
- Engine fires
- Faulty brake switches
- Intermittent loss of power
- Transmission failure
- Steering problems
Kia also has a history of recalls involving models such as the Kia Cadenza, Forte, Optima, Sorento, Soul and Sportage. These repeated defects, consumer complaints and recalls form the basis of ongoing lemon law claims against South Korea’s rising automaker. Our legal team has the skills and experience to win you the compensation you deserve.
How CAA — The Lemon Firm Can Help with Your Kia Lemon
While Kia is entitled to a “reasonable number of repair attempts” on your vehicle, you have a right to file a lemon law claim if they fail to fix the problem. Although each case is unique, you may be entitled to a refund or a replacement of your vehicle. You may also be able to recover civil damages of up to 2 times the purchase price if we can prove that Kia intentionally violated the Song-Beverly Consumer Protection Act (the California lemon law).
When you consult with CAA – The Lemon Firm, we will take the time to learn about your vehicle’s repair history and help you explore all your options. Our legal team is committed to protecting your consumer rights and prepared to fight for just compensation, inside or outside of the courtroom.
Kia: A History of Engine Problems
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 6 million Kia and Hyundai vehicles have experienced engine failure and fire problems since 2015. In fact, the federal watchdog conducted an investigation into the automakers’ handling of recalls related to the engine problems.
In 2015, for example, Hyundai recalled 470,000 model year 2011-2012 Sonatas for engine failures. The automaker attributed the problem to metal debris resulting from manufacturing defects which could clog oil passages and cause engine failure.
While Kia vehicles were not affected at that time, Kia was forced to recall 618,000 vehicles in 2017 due to the same engine defect. Moreover, it is likely Kia had advanced knowledge of the defect: in 2016, the automaker issued an extended warranty after receiving numerous consumer complaints. Had it not been for a Hyundai worker who initially blew the whistle to the South Korea government in 2015, the engine defect may not have seen the light of day.
At CAA – The Lemon Firm we have a proven history of success in Kia lemon law claims. If you drive a Kia with a defect that affects its performance, value, or safety you have powerful legal recourse under the California lemon law. The best way to protect your rights is to have the powerful representation we provide.
Other Notable Kia Recalls
In addition to the pervasive engine failure problem, Kia has continued to issue recalls:
- In February 2020, Kia and Hyundai announced the recall of thousands of vehicles due to water accumulation in a brake computer that could cause an electrical short and ignite a fire, even when the engine is off. The Kia recall covered roughly 229,000 model year 2006-2010 Sedona minivans and model year 2007-2009 Sorento SUVs. Dealers were instructed to install an electrical relay device to prevent power from going to the brake computer.
- In January 2019, Kia and Hyundai recalled nearly 168,000 vehicles at risk of fuel leaks that could potentially cause engine fire. The recall came after a prior 2017 recall for engine fire risks. The Kia recall covered 68,000 model year 2011-2014 Kia Optima, Sorento, and Sportage vehicles. The automaker attributed the continued fire risk to improper repairs during the first recall. Kia instructed dealers to inspect the connection between the high-pressure fuel pipe and the fuel pump outlet and replace the fuel pipe if necessary.
The foregoing recalls reflect Kia’s apparent inability to resolve the ongoing engine fire problems that have prompted investigations by regulatory agencies in both the U.S. and South Korea. Given Kia’s dubious history of properly handling recalls and responding to consumer complaints, it comes as no surprise that Kia lemon law claims are common. Nonetheless, it takes a skilled lemon law attorney to protect your rights and hold Kia accountable.
Contact Our Experienced Kia Lemon Law Attorneys
If your Kia is experiencing all too common engine failures or any other defect that has gone unrepaired while under the manufacturer’s warranty, turn to CAA – The Lemon Law Firm. We will leverage our skills and experience to win you the maximum compensation you deserve. You should know that the California lemon law allows you to recover attorneys’ fees and legal costs when we win. This means you will not pay anything to us in advance. Please contact our office today for a free evaluation of your Kia lemon law claim.
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