Balzarini & Watson
Local: 412-471-1200
Toll Free: 866-316-2111
Home and Hospital Visits / Contingency Fee BasisFreeConsultation

Over 135 Years of Combined Experience In Personal Injury and Wrongful Death

Hyundai and Kia recall 1.5 million vehicles for engine problems

Pennsylvania residents who drive Hyundai or Kia vehicles may be interested in information on a recent recall issued by both companies. It concerns engine problems and will affect more than a million vehicles in the country.

The vehicles to be recalled in the U.S. are Hyundai's Santa Fe and Sonata as well as Kia's Optima, Sportage and Sorento models. The companies are also recalling more than 171,000 vehicles in South Korea and over 114,000 in Canada.

In 2015, Hyundai announced a recall of 470,000 Sonata sedans in the U.S. due to faulty engine parts. This prompted concerns at the company's home base in South Korea. At that time, no problems were found in engines in South Korean vehicles, so the company did not issue a domestic recall but extended warranties instead.

According to a Hyundai spokesperson, the new recall involves a different problem: metal debris in crankshafts that could lead to loss of power or stalling. The South Korean recall is set to begin on May 22. Vehicles in that country to be recalled include Hyundai's Sonata and Grandeur as well as Kia's Sportage, K5 and K7. The current recall will cost the companies an estimated $250 million.

When an automobile accident is caused by a vehicle defect, someone who is injured could be entitled to compensation. Car manufacturers are bound by products liability law and could be held responsible for any injuries or deaths caused by normal use of their products by consumers. A products liability lawsuit could be one option for an injured person or loved one of someone who died to seek compensation after a car accident.

Source: Fox Business, "Hyundai, Kia Plan Major Car Recall Over Engine Issue," Hyunjoo Jin, 4/7/2017

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information