A proposed class action lawsuit against Hyundai and Kia alleges that 2011-2013 Hyundai Tuscon, 2012-2016 Kia Soul, and 2011-2012 Kia Sportage models contain a faulty gasoline direct injection (GDI) engine. According to the lawsuit, The GDI engine causes the cars to suddenly stall or catch fire and Hyundai and Kia knew about these defects but waited years to recall the vehicles.
The lawsuit is being filed by plaintiffs who did not have issues with their vehicle but felt that they would not have paid the price they did for their vehicles if they knew the engine could stall or catch fire. Automakers have begun recalling these models but for different defects but the plaintiffs allege that the engine fires continued to exist even after these recalls and those other defects where fixed.
There has also been a formal investigation by the government into the 1.7 million Hyundai and Kia vehicles that were recalled due to 400 complaints of fires. The lawsuit states that the automakers refused to appear at the formal hearing. They also are upset because even if Hyundai and Kia recall their car models and fix the problem, they are stuck with cars that have a bad reputation and are worth less than what they paid for the car originally.
The Hyundai and Kia GDI engine lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington at Seattle – Linda Short and Olivia Parker, et al., v. Hyundai Motor America, Inc., et al.
The plaintiffs are represented Keller Rohrback.