Hyundai Class Action Lawsuit Over Defective Wheels
In a class-action lawsuit filed Friday, a consumer claims that late model Hyundai vehicles are fitted with wheels that wear out much sooner than intended due to a severe vehicle defect.
Mary O’Riordan v. Hyundai Motor America
Mary O’Riordan, the lead plaintiff, wishes to represent similar Hyundai vehicle owners who have been saddled with allegedly defective vehicles. She alleges that Hyundai was aware of the wheel defect yet continued to equip vehicles with them despite the problems they produced, including unattractive discoloration, delamination, and peeling of the wheel surface.
According to O’Riordan, she purchased a 2017 Hyundai Veloster in June 2018 with little over 50,000 miles on it. She asserts that her Hyundai vehicle’s wheels sustained substantial damage during the first three years of possession.
Hyundai offers a 5-year/60,000-mile warranty that states that during regular use and maintenance, the warranty covers the replacement/repair of any component made or initially installed by Hyundai that is defective in material or workmanship.
The plaintiff claims she visited the dealership in June 2021 and requested warranty repairs on the wheels twice. However, the dealer allegedly denied her requests both times, despite the fact that the Veloster was still covered under the 5-year/60,000-mile new vehicle warranty. She requested reimbursement from Hyundai for the repairs but was refused, causing O’Riordan to pay out of pocket.
The Hyundai Wheels Class Action Lawsuit 2021 states that the circumstances that result in the peeling of the wheel surface on Hyundai vehicles are attributable to a defect that existed during the original factory manufacturing. It would seem to be caused by a defect that prohibits the protective surface coating on the wheel from adhering properly to the underlying metal.
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The plaintiff notes that Hyundai “prominently” advertises its warranty, stating it is one of the best in the country. Despite these concerns, the automaker has allegedly refused to acknowledge or compensate for damaged wheels installed on its newer Sante Fe minivans and Veloster vehicles.
Furthermore, O’Riordan cites multiple online complaints from consumers alleging that the wheels on their late-model Hyundai vehicles prematurely wear out. Not only is the problem inconvenient and unsightly, but it also detracts from the vehicle’s worth.
Hyundai is accused of concealing the defect from consumers, breach of warranty, and violation of state and federal consumer protection laws in New York. O’Riordan seeks to represent a nationwide Class of Hyundai car owners and lessees who have allegedly suffered from the alleged wheel defect.
Editor’s Note on Hyundai Wheels Class Action Lawsuit 2021:
This article is written to inform you of the class action lawsuit against Hyundai over allegedly defective wheels.
Case Name & No.: Mary O’Riordan v. Hyundai Motor America, Case No. 2:21-cv-05970
Jurisdiction: U.S. District Court – Central District of California
Products/Services: Defective wheels
Allegations: Hyundai allegedly concealed the defect from consumers and continued to equip its vehicles with defective wheels
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