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Settlement News: Kia Engine Failure Class Action Settlement

About the Kia Engine Failure Settlement

A class action lawsuit was filed against Kia and Hyundai for allegedly equipping several of their vehicles with a defective Theta engine which resulted in vehicle susceptibility to engine failures or fires which puts car owners and consumers at risk for accidents and financial injury.

The vehicles included in the class action lawsuit are:

  • 2011 – 2018, and certain 2019 model year Kia Optima vehicles
  • 2012 – 2018, and certain 2019 model year Kia Sorento vehicles
  • 2011 – 2018, and certain 2019 model year Kia Sportage vehicles

You can read more about the case under the name: In re: Hyundai and Kia Engine Litigation, Case No. 8:17-cv-00838, C.D. CA.

Do you own or lease one of the affected Kia vehicles and think that you are entitled to a settlement? Feel free to contact us today for help.

Details on the Kia Engine Failure Settlement

Hyundai has denied any wrongdoing but has agreed to settle the claims surrounding their Kia subsidiary as well as the Hyundai engine failure allegations in a similar deal to avoid the costs and risks of a trial without assigning any wrongdoing on the company.

The settlement applies to owners and lessees of Class vehicles originally equipped with or replaced with a genuine Theta II 2.0-liter or 2.4-liter gasoline direct injection engine.

The settlement provides cash and non-monetary benefits which includes:

  • Warranty Extensions: Powertrain warranties on Class vehicles will be extended to a lifetime warranty.
  • Reimbursement for Repairs: Repairs will be reimbursed in full along with a $140 goodwill payment in certain circumstances. Costs of rental cars, towing, and other Kia engine failure related expenses will also be reimbursed.
  • Rebates: Rebates are available if consumers lost faith in their vehicles due to an engine failure or fire and purchased a replacement Kia. Rebates will be $2,000 for the model year 2011-2012 Class Vehicles; $1,500 for the model year 2013 and 2014 Class Vehicles; $1,000 for the model year 2015 and 2016 Class Vehicles; and $500 for the model year 2017, 2018, and 2019 Class Vehicles.
  • Other Compensation: Payments for traded-in vehicles and vehicles involved in an engine fire are available to affected Class Members.

Valid claim forms must be filed by April 12, 2021, with accompanying documentation of engine failures, repairs, and other relevant information. Those who experienced engine failure or fire after August 28, 2020, have only until 90 days after the event to file a valid claim form.

The deadline for exclusion and objection is set on October 30, 2020. The final approval hearing for the Kia engine failure class action settlement is on November 13, 2020.

If you’re affected by the Kia Engine Failure lawsuit settlement, we’d love to hear from you.

Editor’s note on the Kia Engine Failure Class Action Settlement:

This piece is written about the recent Kia Engine Failure Class Action Settlement. If you are considered eligible to be among the class of consumers described in the class action lawsuit settlement, you may eventually be able to participate in receiving any compensation the court may award.

If you believe that what is alleged in the Kia Engine Failure class action settlement has affected you, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

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Similarly, please check out our current list of Class Actions and Class Action Investigations, here.

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