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?
- Hyundai Santa Fe – 2012 vehicles;
- Hyundai Sonata Hybrid – 2011-2013 and 2016 vehicles;
- Hyundai Veloster – 2015-2016 vehicles;
- Kia Forte – 2012-2015 vehicles;
- Kia Forte Koup – 2012-2015 vehicles;
- Kia Optima Hybrid – 2011-2013 vehicles;
- Kia Sorento – 2012-2013 vehicles;
- Kia Soul – 2014-2015 vehicles; and
- Kia Sportage – 2012 vehicles.
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).