Hyundai Automobile Soy-Based Car Components – Class Action Investigation
C&T is investigating a potential class action lawsuit against Hyundai relating to its use of soy-based materials in the automobile manufacturing process. Specifically, certain Hyundai automobiles are reportedly built with a number of soy-based components or parts, including soy-covered or soy-based wiring, wiring harness, wiring insulation, and other components of Hyundai vehicle electrical wiring systems. These soy-based parts attract rodents and other animals which often nest in automobiles and eat or chew on the soy-based products.
It has been reported that rodents have chewed through and damaged these soy-based parts in these vehicles, resulting in costly repairs to vehicle owners. It has also been reported that Hyundai will not cover the cost of rodent and other animal damage and repairs related to the soy-based parts under warranty. Hyundai denies warranty coverage despite that there is no clear exclusion for this type of damage. Instead, Hyundai either requires consumers to pay for the damage in full and out-of-pocket, or to submit an insurance claim, which results in consumers having to pay a deductible and an increase in insurance premiums. Furthermore, when Hyundai repairs damaged soy-based wiring components, it allegedly replaces damaged parts with new soy-based parts, exposing consumers to the risk of future additional infestations and vehicle damage.
If you have purchased a Hyundai automobile and have experienced the above or other issues or damage that has been determined to be rodent- or pest-related, please contact us using the link on this page.