How To Join Hyundai Oil Consumption Lawsuit Introduction: An essential update has emerged regarding the class action lawsuit concerning excessive oil consumption issues in certain Hyundai and Kia vehicles. This legal case, originally filed on March 23, 2022, in the United States District Court for the Central District of California under the name Cho et al. v. Hyundai Motor Company, Ltd. et al. (case no. 8:22-cv-00448-SPG-KES), has been voluntarily dismissed by the plaintiffs. This article provides comprehensive information about the dismissal and its implications for affected vehicle owners and lessees.
The class action lawsuit alleged that specific models of Hyundai and Kia vehicles, equipped with Nu, Gamma, Theta, Lambda, and Kappa engines, exhibited defects leading to excessive oil consumption, engine stalling, and eventual failure. The lawsuit aimed to represent current and former purchasers and lessees of these vehicles in the United States.
Dismissal of Class Action:
On June 22, 2023, the plaintiffs chose to voluntarily dismiss their class action lawsuit. The reasons behind this dismissal remain unclear. While the class action claims have been dismissed, concerns about the allegations against Hyundai and Kia persist.
Affected Hyundai and Kia Vehicles:
The Hyundai and Kia vehicles potentially affected by the oil consumption issue include:
- 2012-2020 Hyundai Elantra
- 2009–2018 Hyundai Genesis Coupe
- 2019-2021 Hyundai Kona
- 2020-2021 Hyundai Palisade
- 2010-2012 and 2015-2021 Hyundai Santa Fe
- 2009-2010 and 2015-2021 Hyundai Sonata
- 2011–2021 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
- 2010-2013 and 2015-2021 Hyundai Tucson
- 2011-2021 Hyundai Veloster
- 2020-2021 Hyundai Venue 2
- 2010–2021 Kia Forte
- 2017-2020 Kia Niro
- 2011–2020 Kia Optima and Optima Hybrid
- 2012–2021 Kia Rio
- 2011–2020 Kia Sorento
- 2012–2021 Kia Soul
- 2011–2020 Kia Sportage
- 2018-2021 Kia Stinger
- 2022 Kia K5
Potential Legal Recourse:
Vehicle owners and lessees of the affected Hyundai and Kia models should be aware of their rights under the California lemon law and other state and federal laws. These laws may compel Hyundai and Kia to repurchase or offer substantial compensation to customers experiencing the oil consumption defect.
- Under California’s lemon law, vehicles meeting the criteria for being a “lemon” may be bought back, potentially resulting in significant refunds, including payments for monthly installments, down payments, taxes, finance charges, and more.
- Depending on the circumstances, some individuals might even qualify for double the amount they paid.
With the dismissal of the class action lawsuit, the only option currently available is for affected vehicle owners to pursue individual lawsuits. The decision to take this route depends on various factors, including the vehicle’s age, experiences with oil consumption issues, repair attempts, ownership status, warranty coverage, and more.
Song-Beverly Warranty Act (California):
For consumers in California, the Song-Beverly Warranty Act (California Civil Code §1793.2(d)(1)) provides legal recourse when manufacturers fail to repair defects after a reasonable number of repair attempts. This law requires manufacturers to offer repurchase or replacement for unfixable issues, with potential civil penalties and attorney’s fees for the plaintiff in case of willful misconduct by the manufacturer.
The voluntary dismissal of the Hyundai and Kia oil consumption class action lawsuit brings significant changes to the legal landscape for affected vehicle owners and lessees. Understanding your rights under lemon laws and seeking legal counsel for potential individual claims is crucial if you’ve experienced these oil consumption problems with your Hyundai or Kia