We are pleased to announce a proposed settlement of this case. Under the proposed settlement, Hyundai will reimburse Sonata owners who paid for engine block replacements or repairs within 10 years and 120,000 miles of the vehicle’s original sale or lease, including rental car and towing expenses incurred as a result of the engine failures. Hyundai will also compensate Sonata owners for loss of resale value if they suffered an engine failure but sold or traded in their vehicles rather than paying to replace the engine. And for those individuals who have yet to suffer any engine issues, Hyundai will mail Sonata owners a color pamphlet to notify them of the alleged engine defect and encourage them to bring their vehicles to their local dealership for a free engine inspection to evaluate and prevent possible engine failure. For those Sonatas with over 120,000 miles at the time of notice, an initial 90-day window will provide coverage of needed engine replacements and repairs regardless of mileage. Future engine replacements or repairs will be covered under an extended 10-year, 120,000-mile warranty.
The settlement was reached after extensive negotiations, including a mediation session before formal mediation before Hon. James P. Kleinberg (Ret.) of JAMS
The proposed settlement covers the following people:
All owners and lessees of a Class Vehicle who purchased or leased the Class Vehicle in
the United States, excluding the territories, or abroad while on active military duty
(Settlement, Sec. I.D.) The term “Class Vehicles” refers to all 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014 model year Hyundai Sonata vehicles factory equipped with a Theta II 2.0 liter or 2.4 liter gasoline direct injection engine, which was purchased or leased in the United States, excluding the territories, or abroad while a Class member was on active military duty
The proposed settlement is subject to court approval. A formal notice will issued to members of the class, and the court will set a final approval date later in the year.