Hyundai and Kia have been sued on Friday (Feb 25) by drivers who claimed a defect of their vehicles’ anti-lock brake methods might set off fires.
The proposed class motion filed within the federal courtroom in Santa Ana, California, adopted the South Korean automakers’ Feb. 8 recall of practically 485,000 Hyundai Santa Fe, Hyundai Tucson, Kia K900 and Kia Sportage vehicles from mannequin years 2014 via 2019.
Hyundai and Kia stated malfunctioning hydraulic digital management items might trigger electrical shorts, rising the risk of fire in engine compartments whereas vehicles have been being pushed and even parked.
They advisable that vehicles be parked exterior and away from others, and stated sellers would set up new fuses. The recall adopted 11 experiences of fire incidents.
In their grievance, automobile house owners and renters known as the repair “only a Band-Aid” that didn’t adequately tackle the defect, or reimburse them for out-of-pocket bills and the loss of their vehicles’ use and worth.
The lawsuit additionally covers many different Hyundai and Kia vehicles from the 2006 via 2021 mannequin years with related alleged defects. It seeks unspecified compensatory and punitive damages.
Hyundai had no instant remark. Kia didn’t instantly reply to requests for remark.
Fire and engine issues have lengthy dogged each automakers. The nonprofit Center for Auto Safety stated that since 2015, practically 7.9 million Hyundai and Kia vehicles from the 2006 to 2022 mannequin years have been recalled for such points.
In November, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration awarded greater than US$24 million to a whistleblowing former Hyundai engineer who in 2016 stated the automaker was not addressing an engine flaw that might trigger crashes.
A yr earlier, Hyundai and Kia agreed to pay US$210 million in civil fines after NHTSA discovered they have been too sluggish to recall greater than 1.6 million vehicles with engine defects.
The case is Evans et al v Hyundai Motor Co et al, US District Court, Central District of California, No 22-00300.