Hyundai and Kia Settle the Engine Fire Lawsuit
Car manufacturers should always ensure their vehicles are safe for consumers and free from dangerous defects. However, Hyundai and Kia both released several models of vehicles over the past eight years that have a specific engine short block defect that can result in serious engine fires and other problems. Many vehicle owners have paid for repairs or lost money trading in their vehicles due to the defect.
Manufacturers should be held liable for inherent defects in their vehicles, and many affected Hyundai and Kia owners filed a class-action lawsuit against the parent corporation, Hyundai Motor America. That case dragged on for a couple of years, and now, the company offered $758 million in a settlement to be divided among impacted owners. This settlement needs to be approved by the court before it becomes official.
People who own defective vehicles may be entitled to compensation as part of the settlement class. Vehicles affected may include:
- Hyundai Sonata from 2011 to 2019
- Hyundai Santa Fe Sport from 2013 to 2018
- 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe
- Hyundai Tucson from 2014 to 2015, as well as 2018 to 2019
- Kia Sportage from 2011 to 2019
- Kia Sorento from 2011 to 2019
- Kia Optima from 2011 to 2019
About four million vehicles are estimated to contain the defect, and owners might be entitled to payment for repairs, replacement engines, and other losses they experienced due to the defect.
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