2011 and 2012 Hyundai Sonata Engine Failure – Class Action Lawsuit
In April 2015, Chimicles & Tikellis filed a class action lawsuit against Hyundai for alleged premature engine failure in certain 2011 and 2012 Hyundai Sonata vehicles. The complaint alleged that these models may have contained a defect predisposing the engines to experience engine bearing failure, overheating, oil consumption, piston ring land failure and/or connecting rod knock. As a result, these issues result in catastrophic engine failure along with safety issues and expensive repairs.
Recently, on September 10, 2015, Hyundai announced that it was issuing a recall related to the engine failure alleged in our class action complaint. Specifically, Hyundai has stated the cause of the engine failure is that “metallic debris may not have been fully removed during manufacturing of the engine crankshaft. If the debris was not completely removed, oil flow may be restricted through the connecting rod bearings, causing connecting rod damage.” Hyundai also stated that a “worn connecting rod bearing will produce a metallic, cyclic knocking noise from the engine and possible engine failure.”
To find out if your vehicle is affected, please enter your vehicle identification number (“VIN”) into Hyundai’s website at https://autoservice.hyundaiusa.com/Campaign132
In connection with the recall, Hyundai has stated it will inspect 2011-2012 Hyundai Sonatas and replace the engine assembly free of charge. Hyundai is also extending the engine warranty to 10 years/120,000 miles for both original and subsequent owners as it relates to the engine sub-assembly (short block). Hyundai has committed to providing notice of this recall by November 2, 2015. A second notification will be mailed once Hyundai prepares all the parts necessary to replace the engine assembly. Given the scope of the recall and number of affected vehicles, Hyundai may not have the parts necessary for the recall until early 2016.
In light of the recall, we are asking that you please contact Hyundai North America at (855) 671-3059 or your local Hyundai dealership and begin the recall process. We are very interested in hearing about your experience with the recall process. Additionally, if you have experienced engine failure in your Hyundai Sonata or have any questions, please contact us about this case below.