Do you own a Hyundai or Kia car that has been down due to engine failure?
If you have gone through a similar experience, you can file a class-action lawsuit against Hyundai and Kia. Even if you have sold it off or repaired it, you can claim the settlement amount by joining the class action lawsuit.
Both the companies already agreed to pay $758 million as a result of a multidistrict litigation settlement in October 2019.
As of May 10, 2021, the latest news says the federal judge has again granted the final approval to compensate the eligible drivers. The total settlement amount this time is valued at $1.3million.
How To File An Engine Fire Class Action Lawsuit?
People can still claim compensation by filing a claim through Kia’s settlement website.
According to the information on the website, the eligible class members can file the claim within 90 days, starting from May 10, 2021. However, the qualified drivers had to submit their proof for claims within April 21, 2021.
The deadline for receiving a different type of claim varies. The claim for most reimbursement may have crossed, but there are still various other claims to apply for.
The Claims Granted Under Hyundai And Kia Class Action Settlement
Under the Hyundai and Kia engine fire settlement, the affected people are allowed to claim for:
- Lifetime warranty coverage
Under the lifetime warranty, the affected vehicles will recover costs related to defect-related inspections, cost of replacement parts, cosmetic damage to the vehicle, labor and diagnosis costs.
It covers all damage sustained by the car after the vehicle was upgraded with Knock Sensor Detection System software update.
- Loaner cars
The company has also agreed to provide a loaner car by the time the car in question is being repaired. They may also offer $40 per day as rental car expenses if they are unable to provide the loaner car.
- Recalls and product improvements
As part of the settlement, the affected customers are also be given free recalls and product improvements during this period, like free knock sensor technology upgrade.
- Reimbursement for repairs
The company has also decided to provide repair costs to those people who got their car repaired before coming across the settlement notice.
- Other reimbursements related to Repairs
Other repair reimbursements include costs involved in towing the vehicle, claims for lost wages, and other out-of-pocket expenses.
- Payment for the inconvenience caused due to repair delays
If the company failed to repair the car within 60 days, the drivers are entitled to submit a claim depending on the length of such delay.
- Loss of value for sold or traded in vehicles
The company also agreed to compensate drivers who sold or trade the vehicle without submitting the settlement claim.
The Breakdown Of Settlement Amount
Kia and Hyundai are providing a complete settlement of the $1.3million divided into different types of claims. This breakdown is as follows:
- Lifetime warranty coverage: $932,939,474
- Free diagnostic inspection: $64,597,623
- Knock sensor detection system installed coverage: $146,247,716
- Goodwill payments, repair reimbursement: $126,626,151
- Inconvenience due to repair delays: $863,650
- Loss of vehicle by fire engine: $1,089,620
- Loss of value on sale or trade-off: $2,722,300
The last two claims are calculated based on $140 goodwill payments.
Models Covered Under The Hyundai And Kia Class-Action Deal
Your class action lawsuit for Hyundai and Kia will only be approved if the vehicle you are filing for the claim includes:
- Hyundai Sonatas of the year 2011 to 2018 and some models of 2019
- Hyundai Santa Fe Sports of the year 2013 to 2018 and some models of 2019
- Hyundai Tucson of the year 2014, 2015, 2018, and some models of 2019
- Kia Optimas of the year 2011 to 2018 and some models of m2019
- Kia Sorrento of the year 2012 to 2018 and some models of 2019
- Kia Sportage of the year 2011 to 2018 and some models of 2019
Other Required Documentation
The preliminary requirement is that the vehicle owner should provide adequate proof in the form of receipts and bills that show that the vehicle was affected and damaged due to the defects in the Hyundai and Kia’s Theta II GDI type engine.
More precisely, the affected vehicles should either be equipped or replaced with a genuine Theta II 2.0 or 2.4litre gasoline injection engine.
Also, some model vehicles of 2019 that form part of affected vehicles are the ones that were built before the integration of knock sensor detection system technology.
The class-action lawsuit also rules out settlement claims like death, property damage, subrogation, and personal injury. That said, if you are looking for help on class-action lawsuits, contact our experienced attorneys today.