Last Updated on November 2, 2023
Are you a Hyundai or Kia car owner with a Theta II MPI, Nu GDI or Gamma GDI engine? If so, then you may be affected by an alleged engine failure class-action lawsuit that has recently been settled.
This settlement affects over 2.1 million Hyundai and Kia vehicles produced between 2011 and 2021. The lawsuit alleges that a manufacturing defect with the engine’s rotating assembly may have contributed to engine failure.
This settlement is good news for affected Hyundai and Kia drivers. This agreement will provide various cash compensation options, extended warranties, free inspection and repair of the covered engines for certain qualifying repairs.
Additionally, the settlement will provide the installation of a software update Hyundai and Kia introduced to enhance safety and detection of potential engine failure.
So if you own or lease a Hyundai (2011-2019 Sonata Hybrid, 2016-2019 Sonata Plug-In Hybrid, 2010-2012 Santa Fe, 2010-2021 Tucson, 2014 Elantra Coupe, 2014-2016 Elantra, 2014-2020 Elantra GT, and 2012-2017 Veloster) or Kia (2011-2020 Optima Hybrid, 2017-2020 Optima Plug-in Hybrid, 2011-2013 Sorento, 2011-2013 Sportage, 2010-2018 Forte, 2010-2016 Forte Koup, 2012-2019 Soul) vehicles with 2.4-liter Theta II MPI Hybrid, 2.4-liter Theta II MPI, 2.0-liter Nu GDI, 2.0-liter Nu GDI Hybrid & Plug-In Hybrid and 1.6-liter Gamma GDI engine then this lawsuit may apply to you.
Read on to learn more about the specifics regarding your eligibility for the claims from this settlement.
Owners Allege Hyundai/Kia Direct Injection Engines Have Known Defect
Owners of certain Hyundai and Kia vehicles have alleged that a defect in the Theta II 2.4L, Nu 2.0L GDI, and Gamma 1.6L GDI engines can cause engine seizure, stalling, engine failure, and possibly engine fire.
Despite numerous complaints to both automakers, the lawsuit claims owners and lessees had been denied repairs under the vehicle’s warranty.
However, Hyundai has not been found liable for any claims alleged in the lawsuit. Instead, both parties have reached a voluntary settlement in order to avoid lengthy litigation.
Certainly good news for affected Hyundai and Kia owners.
Status of the Hyundai and Kia Engine Failure Class Action Lawsuit
The case: Hyundai and Kia Engine Litigation II, case number 8:18-cv-02223, in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. This lawsuit has been granted preliminary approval of the settlement.
Under the terms of the settlement, class members will be eligible to receive financial reimbursement and other benefits for certain engine-related repairs and/or engine failures or engine fires.
Benefits Under the Settlement Include:
- The Settlement extends the Powertrain Limited Warranty to 15 years or 150,000 odometer miles from the date of the vehicle’s original retail delivery, whichever comes first, to both original and subsequent owners for damage to the engine short block and long block assembly caused by connecting rod bearing failure (the “Extended Warranty”). To obtain Extended Warranty benefits, you may need to first complete the Knock Sensor Detection System (“KSDS”) update at a Hyundai dealership (explained further below). For the 90-day period following final approval of the Settlement, the Extended Warranty also provides a free campaign or recall inspection for any Class Vehicles not yet inspected and within the 15-year or 150,000-odometer-mile period from the date of the vehicle’s original retail delivery (whichever comes first), regardless of prior repairs. Service campaigns and recalls are provided free of charge to customers of eligible vehicles. The Settlement also provides loaner vehicles in some instances, subject to dealer availability, or reimbursement or compensation of certain expenses for rental car, ride-sharing, or other transportation expenses for any vehicles that undergo qualifying engine replacement or repair.
- The Settlement provides certain cash reimbursements for qualifying past out-of-pocket repairs andcompensation for past and current out-of-pocket repair-related transportation (e.g., rental, ride-share) and towing expenses, as well as for inconvenience due to qualifying engine repair delays while the vehicle was serviced by Hyundai dealers.
- The Settlement provides certain cash compensation for out-of-pocket transportation (e.g., rental, rideshare) and towing expenses, and for lodging and meal expenses in certain circumstances, if youexperienced a qualifying engine failure or engine fire (regardless of whether you obtained a repairafterwards).
- The Settlement provides cash compensation for certain trade-ins and sales of unrepaired vehicles that experienced a qualifying engine failure or fire.
- The Settlement provides compensation for vehicles lost due to qualifying engine fires. In some instances, the Settlement also provides a cash rebate if you lost faith in the vehicle after experiencing engine troubles related to the alleged defect and you purchased another Hyundai vehicle within a specified timeframe.
Knock Sensor Detection System (“KSDS”) Software Update
- Each of these vehicles is part of an ongoing product improvement campaign to install an engine monitoring technology called a knock sensor detection system. The technology uses software innovations and leverages existing engine sensors to continuously monitor for symptoms that may precede an engine failure. It is installed free of charge for all vehicles in the settlement by Hyundai and Kia dealers.
- The knock sensor detection system software continuously monitors engine vibrations for unusual dynamic patterns that develop as an engine connecting rod bearing wears abnormally in a way that could later cause engine seizure. If vibrations caused by bearing wear start to occur, the malfunction indicator lamp will blink continuously and the vehicle will be placed in a temporary engine protection mode with reduced power and acceleration. In this temporary mode, drivers maintain full control of the vehicle as brakes, steering and safety devices such as airbags remain operational.
- The vehicle can continue to be operated for a limited time in engine protection mode to enable the customer to safely drive it to a dealer for inspection and repair, but acceleration will be slower, with a reduced maximum speed and a limited engine speed of approximately 1,800 to 2,000 rpm. When tested using a fleet of vehicles specifically prepared to test the knock sensor technology, the knock sensor system successfully detected failing connecting rod bearings and responded with activation of the engine protection mode.
Hyundai and Kia Models Affected
Hyundai and Kia vehicles equipped with either the 2.4-liter Theta II MPI Hybrid, 2.4-liter Theta II MPI, 2.0-liter Nu GDI, 2.0-liter Nu GDI Hybrid & Plug-In Hybrid and 1.6-liter Gamma GDI engine found in the following models below are affected by this settlement:
- 2011-2019 Sonata Hybrid
- 2016-2019 Sonata Plug-In Hybrid
- 2010-2012 Santa Fe
- 2010-2021 Tucson
- 2014 Elantra Coupe
- 2014-2016 Elantra
- 2014-2020 Elantra GT
- 2012-2017 Veloster
- 2011-2020 Optima Hybrid
- 2017-2020 Optima Plug-in Hybrid
- 2011-2013 Sorento
- 2011-2013 Sportage
- 2010-2018 Forte
- 2010-2016 Forte Koup
- 2012-2019 Soul
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