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Hyundai and Kia Lawsuits alleging Engine Defects

Hyundai and Kia are facing several class action lawsuits in California federal court that allege its Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) and Multipoint Fuel Injection (MPI) engines suffer from an engine defect that can cause sudden stalling, engine failure and even engine fire. The lawsuits claim that “Hyundai and Kia knew before selling the vehicles that their engines were defective prone to premature and catastrophic failure, and posed an unreasonable risk of non-collision engine failures and fires.” Below are additional details regarding the lawsuit:

What vehicles are included in the lawsuit?

What is the lawsuit about?
The Plaintiffs allege that the Class Vehicles suffer from a defect in the rotating assembly of the engines that can cause seizure, stalling, engine failure, and engine fire. Specifically, the lawsuits allege that the engines contain a defect that causes vital engine parts, including the connecting rod and connecting rod bearings to wear and fail prematurely. The Plaintiffs also allege that engine seizure or stalling can be dangerous if experienced. These cases are brought as class action lawsuits on behalf of “all persons or entities who purchased or leased a Class Vehicle in the United States.”

What happens next?
The lawsuits were just recently filed and neither Hyundai nor Kia have responded to the allegations yet. If you have experienced engine issues in your Hyundai or Kia vehicle then we encourage you to notify them by contacting Hyundai or Kia corporate headquarters (depending on your vehicle).

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    LauraSeptember 20, 2021

    Hello- I am going in circles with Kia on my 2015 Soul 1.6L. My engine needs to be replaced and they are not admitting it is part of their recall Sc176. Who can I contact to get in the lawsuit?
    Thank you,

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      ChristopherSeptember 21, 2021

      Hi Laura,
      Submit your complaint and you will automatically be added to the list when a settlement has been reached. The 1.6L engine in your KIA is likely a Gamma model engine. There is currently an ongoing class action that includes the Gamma engine but no settlement as of yet. We will send an email alerting you to this settlement when a decision has been made. Hope this helps.


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