Court Grants Final Approval to Class Action Settlement Involving Engine Failure in 2011- 2014 Hyundai Sonatas
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, in January 2017, Judge Beth L. Freeman in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California entered an order granting final approval of the settlement agreement, which offers various benefits to members of the settlement class. The class includes owners and lessees of a Class Vehicle, who purchased or leased their Class Vehicle in the United States, excluding the territories, or abroad while on active military duty. Class Vehicles include 2011-2014 Hyundai Sonatas with a Theta II 2.0 or 2.4 liter gasoline direct injection engine.
The settlement benefits for owners or lessees of Class Vehicles include reimbursements for past repairs and related costs and an extension of the powertrain warranty for Class Vehicles. In order to have been eligible for reimbursement of past repairs and related costs, a claim form had to be submitted on or before the proposed deadline of January 26, 2017.
For those who have not had the engine failure issue, the powertrain warranty for Class Vehicles has been extended to 120,000 miles or 10 years, whichever occurs first. It will cover the costs of all inspections and repairs, which includes parts, labor, and diagnosis, for the engine short block assembly. If you suspect that your vehicle is exhibiting signs of engine failure, you will want to reach out to your local authorized Hyundai dealership to diagnose the issue. Be sure to note that Hyundai dealerships, under this settlement agreement, have also agreed to provide a free loaner vehicle if your car has to go into the shop for repairs. If a loaner car is not available, a full reimbursement of reasonable rental car expenses will be provided by Hyundai.
If you have any additional questions about the settlement benefits, please review the settlement website at https://sonataenginesettlement.hyundaiusa.com/. For any specific concerns, Hyundai offers a settlement hotline operated by live customer service representatives. The settlement center can be reached at 1-844-317-9571.