Motorists sued Hyundai and KiaDecember 16, 2018
It is reported that in South Korean cars, which relate to the 2011-2019 model years, the engine may not self-ignite. A class action lawsuit consisting of 360 complaints has already been filed with the court.
According to foreign automotive publications, several motorists filed a class action lawsuit against South Korean automakers Hyundai and Kia. According to the copy of the lawsuit, which was made public by the plaintiff’s attorney, the complaints relate to spontaneous engine fires in some Hyundai and Kia cars, as well as inaction on the part of the specified brands.
According to the 41-page lawsuit, the engines of the affected cars allegedly contain manufacturing defects, which in fact can lead to their self-ignition.
Presumably, in all the cases recorded, the fire was caused by a lack of lubricant that “restricts or blocks the flow of oil to moving parts of the engine, such as connecting rod bearings, prematurely wears these parts to such an extent that they touch one another. As a result, this leads to a sudden stop of the engine during its operation. Due to engine sticking, internal parts, such as connecting rods, break down and knock out holes in the engine, which leads to the leakage of flammable liquid and its ignition. “
The lawsuit also stated that a total of 350 complaints were filed, alleging possible spontaneous combustion of engines installed in Hyundai and Kia vehicles. Defects can be detected in the Hyundai Sonata, Kia Optima, Kia Sportage 2011-2018 model years. Kia Sorento and Kia Soul 2012-2019 model years, as well as Hyundai Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport 2013-2019 model years. All of them are equipped with 2.0 and 2.4 liter Theta II petrol engines.
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