A Hyundai and Kia lawsuit alleges that the automakers failed to warn consumers about faulty ABS modules and Hydraulic electronic control units (HBCUs). The defective HBCUs can lead to spontaneous engine fires and property damage. Some people have even died as a result. A Hyundai and Kia lawsuit claims that the automakers knew about the problems when they were still in development. These defects caused thousands of accidents and injuries.
Theta II GDI engine
The settlement reached between Hyundai Motor America and Kia Motors America addresses the problem associated with the Theta II GDI engine. The settlement provides various cash compensations, lifetime engine warranty, free inspection and repairs, software updates for safety and performance, and additional remedies. According to the lawsuit, Hyundai and Kia should provide free lifetime warranties to all consumers. If you have been a victim of a defective Theta II GDI engine, contact an experienced product liability attorney.
The new lawsuit alleges a wide array of issues with the Theta II GDI engine. These include excessive oil consumption, catastrophic engine failures, and connecting rod knocks. In some instances, these problems have required a new short block. The lawsuit further alleges that Hyundai and Kia have failed to properly test these engines, which may have contributed to the increased oil consumption.
Hydraulic electronic control units
A nationwide class-action lawsuit filed against Hyundai and Kia alleges a fatal defect in their anti-lock brake systems and hydraulic engine control units. The lawsuit states that the vehicles’ ABS and HECU units are prone to overcharging, resulting in engine fires and even vehicle fatalities. While the lawsuit has not identified the cause, it does state that vehicles equipped with HBCUs should be parked outdoors away from other vehicles and structures.
Even though Hyundai and Kia are separate companies, their vehicles share common parts and designs. Recently, both brands faced a growing number of engine fire recalls. Recent NHTSA investigations revealed a potential cause for engine fires. Hyundai and Kia vehicles equipped with a defective Hydraulic Electronic Control Unit (HECU) were linked to more than 3,100 engine fires, which caused 103 injuries and one death. Other internal investigations suggest that the hydraulic electronic control units are the cause of engine fires.
Anti-lock brake systems
In a recent class action lawsuit against Hyundai and Kia, a group of consumers alleges that the companies were negligent in the design and manufacture of their anti-lock brake systems. Hyundai and Kia knew that their vehicles contained defective ABS modules and Hydraulic Electronic Control Units (HBCUs), which can cause engine fires and cause property damage. The lawsuit alleges that the companies did not provide a free remedy for the defect, nor compensated owners for their expenses and time spent on repairs.
The Hyundai and Kia recall affected close to half a million vehicles. The defect is believed to be related to a defective hydraulic electronic control unit found in the anti-lock brake system module. The problem has been known to Hyundai and Kia for more than a decade, but the automakers did little to prevent accidents and protect their customers. The lawsuit states that Hyundai and Kia failed to adequately repair the problem, and the cars were not safe to drive.
Engine compartment fires
The Hyundai and Kia lawsuit has expanded from a previous investigation into the issue of engine failures to include nearly three million vehicles. The government has discovered that a number of the vehicles were affected by the problem, with several resulting in non-collision fires. In 2017, the NHTSA opened two investigations into the problem, focusing on whether the automakers waited too long to recall the vehicles and violated federal safety laws. Following the investigation, Hyundai and Kia entered into consent orders with NHTSA.
While the automakers are separate companies, both are part of the same Korean parent company. As such, many of their parts and engine designs are the same. Fortunately, the Hyundai and Kia recalls are closely related. Earlier this year, the NHTSA announced a settlement for nearly $210 million after it found that Hyundai and Kia were negligent in recalling 1.6 million cars. Ultimately, the lawsuits were settled out of court and no one has been injured or killed as a result of the defect.
A Hyundai and Kia class-action lawsuit aims to hold the car manufacturers responsible for the oil consumption problems associated with their vehicles. The problem has been linked to the company’s connecting rod bearings, which are known to wear out prematurely. The Hyundai and Kia lawsuit seeks compensation for vehicle owners and property owners affected by the problems. The attorneys are also attempting to obtain injunctive relief, which may require the car manufacturer to repair or replace the vehicles or extend the warranties.
A recent lawsuit filed by Gibbs Law Group LLP alleges a dangerous defect in Hyundai and Kia vehicles. This defect can cause spontaneous engine fires, and the cars are recalled or replaced because of the risks. The automakers were aware of the defect and should have taken measures to prevent it, but they failed to adequately protect customers and reimburse those who were affected. The attorneys claim that the company knew of the problem for over a decade, but did nothing to prevent the fires.