Hyundai And Kia Settle Class Action Lawsuits Over 2.0- And 2.4-Liter GDI Engines

Hyundai and Kia are looking to extinguish the fallout from a number of engine fires by settling two class action lawsuits.

The settlement covers approximately 4.1 million vehicles in the United States equipped with 2.0- and 2.4-liter GDI engines.

On the Hyundai side, there are 2.3 million vehicles including the 2011-2019 Sonata, 2013-2018 Santa Fe Sport, 2019 Santa Fe, and 2014, 2015, 2018 and 2019 Tucson. Likewise, the issue impacts 1.8 million Kia models including the 2011-2019 Sportage, Sorento and Optima.

Also Read: Hyundai And Kia Recall Nearly 200,000 Vehicles Over Fire Risk, Will Update Millions More

Under the terms of the agreement, owners will receive cash reimbursement for certain past repairs and related expenses – such as towing and rental cars – as well as compensation for certain past trade-ins and sales. The companies will also inspect and repair (or replace) damaged engines and provide a lifetime warranty on “short block assembly repairs.”

The companies will also update the knock sensor detection system to “continuously monitor for symptoms that may precede an engine failure.” If the software detects a potentially serious issue, the malfunction light will blink continuously and the vehicle will be placed in limp mode which reduces power and acceleration. Limp mode attempts to limit engine damage, while also enabling owners to drive to a dealership to have their vehicle inspected and repaired.

Lastly, Hyundai and Kia will provide “goodwill compensation for customers inconvenienced by previous lengthy engine repair times, denied warranty coverage, and vehicle loss of value, among other provisions.”

The proposed settlement is expected to be reviewed later this month and notices will be sent to owners once it has been given preliminary approval.

In a statement, Hyundai Motor America chief legal officer Jerry Flannery said “Hyundai is pleased to resolve this class action litigation” and noted the “settlement acknowledges our sincere willingness to take care of customers impacted by issues with this engine’s performance.” His sentiments were echoed by Kia Motors America executive vice president and general counsel, John Yoon, who stated “this resolution is the result of good-faith efforts among all parties to resolve owner concerns.”


    Old and fake news. NEXT

    • Matt

      Where’s the ‘fake’?


        Are you that dense

      • ChrisInIL

        Between his ears.



    • William rowe

      it’s not fake news.. I have a 2018 hyundai sonata and I have got all the recall notices over this. I however am not going let them install something on my engine that will cause me to go into limp mode which I think is dangerous esp on highways and interstates. They need to just fix it if it breaks, my 18 sonata has the 2.4 and it got 47k miles, so far problem free, knock on wood

  • Six_Tymes

    “Hyundai is pleased to resolve this class action litigation”

    Problems with their engines loosing oil pressure since the mid 1990’s. SO, it has taken them this long to acknowledge and do that right thing, not sure I would commend them on taking as long as they did.

  • :/ Yurr

    And people praise the hell outta Kia and Hyundai Hah , just stop it??‍♂️?

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  • khc

    I don’t know about previous engines in the Soul, but for ’20 the 2.0 liter returns to using port injection. It loses some power, but maintenance and repair will be easier and less costly than GDI.

  • krusshall

    Many people buy Hyundais and Kias because they are enamored with the warranty terms. Did this end up in a class action lawsuit because Hyundai/Kia skirted their warranty responsibilities?

  • carsmofo

    im guessing many of the 4 millions will get $5 Starbucks gift cards.

  • charlotteharry57

    What’s REALLY scary about this mess is that both Hyundai and Kia are still selling 2019s and 2020s with these engines. Will they be covered? If I was considering one, I’d surely demand rock-bottom pricing, at a minimum.

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