Keller Rohrback L.L.P., a Seattle-based class action law firm, filed suit on Monday, March 4, 2019 against Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation, and their American subsidiaries. The litigation, filed in the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington, arises out of Hyundais and Kias failure to disclose or timely remedy several serious defects of design and manufacturing that can cause the engines of certain vehicles to suddenly stall while at speed or to burst into flames.
Consumers pay hard-earned money for their vehicles and expect to be safe when driving themcertainly not to risk sudden engine failures or fires. Even if the vehicles can someday be repaired, Plaintiffs allege they are worth less given the seriousness of these defects, said Keller Rohrback attorney Gretchen Freeman Cappio, a longtime advocate for car consumers.
Keller Rohrbacks investigation and subsequent suit relating to this fire risk came about after Hyundai and Kia, as a result of an investigation by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, issued recalls for over 500,000 Hyundai Tucson, Kia Soul, and Kia Sportage models sold between 2011 and 2016 (depending on the model).
Keller Rohrbacks complaint, which can be reviewed here, calls for Hyundai and Kia to recall and properly repair these fire-prone vehicles, as well as to provide financial relief to all Class Members who have suffered economic damages. If the vehicles cant be fully repaired, the complaint alleges, Hyundai and Kia should buy them back from consumers.
Keller Rohrback continues to investigate these potential hazards, defects, and recalls, and how these issues may affect consumers who own or lease any affected Hyundai and Kia vehicles.
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Hyundai has previously repaired cars with similar defects, only to have the problems recur because the replacement parts suffered from the same or additional defects. Consumers have reason to worry that just recalling and repairing these vehicles may not solve these serious problems, said Keller Rohrback attorney Ryan McDevitt.
Please contact attorneys Gretchen Freeman Cappio or Ryan McDevitt at 800-776-6044 or [email protected] to discuss our investigation and your potential legal claims regarding these issues. Keller Rohrback has a track record of success in holding car manufacturers responsible for selling vehicles that dont live up to the promises made at the time of sale.
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