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2016 Kia Optima

Certain Kia and Hyundai Vehicles Can Be Started Without Keys Class Action

One of the plaintiffs in this case, Stephen L. Desjardins, had his 2016 Kia Optima stolen from his son’s driveway. Later, the complaint for this class action alleges, the vehicle was retrieved “with damage to the front and rear, a hole in the oil pan, and damage to the inside of the car.” The complaint  Read more

Automobile
Immobilizer, Ignition or Starter System, Defective Automobile
2021 Kia Seltos

Hyundai, Kia Vehicles Lack of Immobilizers Class Action

Certain Hyundai and Kia vehicles have an unexpected defect, says the complaint for this class action, in that they were not manufactured to have immobilizers. The defect is not evident to consumers buying the vehicles, the complaint alleges, but it makes them easy to steal—so easy that YouTube and TikTok offer videos showing how to  Read more

Automobile
Immobilizer, Ignition or Starter System, Defective Automobile
2019 Kia Sorento

Certain Kia, Hyundai Vehicles Made Without Immobilizers Class Action

This class action bring suit against Kia America, Inc. and Hyundai Motor America, alleging that a number of their vehicles share a simple defect: They do not have what is known as an engine immobilizer. Immobilizers help prevent vehicle theft, and the vehicles that were made without one, the complaint alleges, are easily stolen.  Read more

Automobile
Immobilizer, Defective Automobile
2018 Chrysler Pacifica Plug-In Hybrid

Chrysler Pacifica PHEVs Explosions and Fires Class Action

What do you do with a vehicle that cannot be operated safely and that should not even be parked in your garage? The complaint for this class action alleges that 2017-2018 Pacifica Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs) from FCA US, LLC may experience explosions or fires, cannot be safely charged or parked inside structures, and,  Read more

Automobile
Fire, Defective Automobile, Battery System
2016 Ford F-Series Super Duty Truck

Ford SuperDuty Trucks Roof-Crush Defect Class Action

The first line of the complaint for this class action is, “The most important duty of a car manufacturer is to provide consumers with a safe car.” But the complaint alleges that Ford Motor Company breaches that duty with certain Ford SuperDuty pickup trucks that the complaint alleges “had a dangerously weak roof structure that  Read more

Automobile
Structure, Roof, Defective Automobile
2022 Kia Seltos

Kia and Hyundai Easy to Steal Vehicles Class Action

On social media, says the complaint for this class action, the “Kia Challenge” dares people to break into Kia cars and use a USB cable to start and steal them. The complaint alleges that the fault lies with Kia America, Inc. and Hyundai Motor America, for making certain Kia and Hyundai vehicles without immobilizers that  Read more

Automobile
Immobilizer, Ignition or Starter System, Defective Automobile
California Smog

Mazda Cylinder Heads Not in California Emissions Warranty Class Action

Mazda Motor of America, Inc. distributes some of its Mazda vehicles in California and so is required to provide a California Emissions Warranty for those vehicles that covers emissions-related parts—in particular, high-priced emissions-related parts. But the complaint for this class action alleges that Mazda does not cover combustion chamber cylinder heads under its California Emissions  Read more

Automobile
Warranty, Refusal to Cover Repairs, Emissions, California Emissions Warranty
Los Angeles Smog

FCA Valve Train Systems Not in California Emissions Warranty Class Action

The makers of vehicles distributed in California must have a general emissions warranty that covers emissions-related parts, and in particular, high-priced emissions-related parts. The complaint for this class action alleges that FCA US, LLC will not cover certain parts in its valve train systems under its California Emissions Warranty, even though the complaint says the  Read more

Automobile
Warranty, Refusal to Cover Repairs, Emissions, California Emissions Warranty
Hino Name and Logo

Hino Trucks Falsified Emissions and Fuel Economy Info Class Action

This class action makes allegations about an issue that’s appeared all too often in recent years—motor vehicle companies falsifying fuel economy and emissions information. The defendants here are Hino Motors, Ltd., Toyota Motors Corporation, Hino Motors Manufacturing USA, Inc., and Hino Motors Sales USA, Inc., which does business as Hino Trucks.  Read more

Automobile
False Mileage or Emissions Figures, Emissions, Defective Automobile
2019 Hyundai Tuscan

Kias and Hyundais Easy to Steal, Says Class Action

One of the plaintiffs in this case, Ann Brady, bought a 2019 Hyundai Tuscan. It was stolen in 2022, this class action alleges, because of the defects laid out in the complaint, which claims that ten years’ worth of Kia and Hyundai vehicles have been defectively designed in a way that makes them easy to  Read more

Automobile
Ignition or Starter System, Defective Automobile