Hyundai Ioniq Models No BS or RCT Safety Systems Class Action

What might happen if you believed your vehicle had certain safety features that it actually did not have? Hyundai Motor America, alleges the complaint for this class action, advertises its 2020 Ioniq SE, SEL, or Limited “as having Blind Spot and Rear Cross Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist Systems … when, in fact, it does not.”

The class for this action is all owners and lessees of Hyundai’s model year 2020 Ioniq vehicles that have SE, SEL, or Limited trims.

The complaint describes the Ioniq as “a compact five-door hatchback offered in hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and all electric variants originally introduced into the North American market in 2017.” It claims that the Monroney sticker (the window sticker) on each of these vehicles states that it has Blind Spot (BS) and Rear Cross Traffic (RCT) Collision-Avoidance Assist systems.

The complaint quotes Hyundai’s description of each of these systems:

The RCT Collision-Avoidance Assist has “[r]adar sensors in the rear bumper [that] monitor cross traffic approaching from left and right side of the vehicle during reverse maneuvers, and if necessary appl[ies] emergency braking to prevent from [sic] collision.”

The BS Collision-Avoidance Assist has “[r]adar sensors in the rear bumper [which] are used to warn the driver of approaching vehicles in the blind [spot] area and activate[s] the brakes when there is a collision risk in lane changing maneuvers.”

The complaint asserts that consumers cannot test to see if these systems are installed in their vehicles without inviting or being involved in an accident.

Plaintiff Howard Barnett bought a 2020 Ioniq Limited for his wife in June 2020. He says that the BS and RCT safety features were very important to him since his wife would be the one driving the car.

On August 12, less than two months after he bought the vehicle, he received a letter from Hyundai informing him that his Ioniq did not in fact contain the safety features advertised. Instead, they only had BS and RCT Collision Warning systems. That is, it will warn of impending collisions but will not apply the brakes to actually stop them.

Barnett returned to the dealership that had sold him the vehicle, but it did not provide any relief or compensation for the misrepresentation.

The complaint claims that Hyundai has violated several California laws, including its Consumer Legal Remedies Act and the false and misleading advertising and unlawful, unfair, and fraudulent business practices provisions of its Business and Professions Code.

Article Type: Lawsuit
Topic: Automobile

Most Recent Case Event

Hyundai Ioniq Models No BS or RCT Safety Systems Complaint

November 9, 2020

What might happen if you believed your vehicle had certain safety features that it actually did not have? Hyundai Motor America, alleges the complaint for this class action, advertises its 2020 Ioniq SE, SEL, or Limited “as having Blind Spot and Rear Cross Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist Systems … when, in fact, it does not.”

Hyundai Ioniq Models No BS or RCT Safety Systems Complaint

Case Event History

Hyundai Ioniq Models No BS or RCT Safety Systems Complaint

November 9, 2020

What might happen if you believed your vehicle had certain safety features that it actually did not have? Hyundai Motor America, alleges the complaint for this class action, advertises its 2020 Ioniq SE, SEL, or Limited “as having Blind Spot and Rear Cross Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist Systems … when, in fact, it does not.”

Hyundai Ioniq Models No BS or RCT Safety Systems Complaint
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