Class Action Filed on Behalf of Hyundai and Kia Owners Alleges Dangerous ABS Defect Causes Spontaneous Engine Fires
April 19, 2022
OAKLAND, CA – Gibbs Law Group LLP has filed a class action lawsuit alleging a dangerous defect in thousands of Hyundai and Kia cars puts them at risk of catching fire while driving or parked. According to the complaint, a defective module in their anti-lock brake systems (ABS) may short circuit and catch fire at any time due to trapped moisture. But despite knowing about this problem for more than a decade, according to the lawsuit, Hyundai and Kia haven’t done enough to keep customers safe or even reimburse them for fires damaging or totaling their cars.
If you or a loved one drive a Hyundai or Kia, visit our website to learn if your car is affected and join the class action lawsuit.
The lawsuit, Pluskowski v Hyundai, alleges that as early as 2011, Hyundai and Kia knew their cars had defective ABS modules (also known as Hydraulic Electronic Control Units, HECUs) that could cause spontaneous engine fires, creating dangerous risks of injury, property damage to homes or other nearby buildings, and death. Despite numerous customer complaints to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and ample data from their own pre-sale part testing and defective part repair and sale records, Hyundai and Kia’s recalls have been woefully delayed and incomplete. Further, the lawsuit alleges Hyundai and Kia haven’t adequately disclosed the defect to all affected car owners, nor have they offered to reimburse owners for any expenses and costs. The class action lawsuit demands that Hyundai and Kia properly warn all affected car owners of this dangerous defect, pay car owners who’ve been put in harm’s way, and fix the defective ABS modules.
“People across the country rely on their cars to safely get to work, school, and all life’s activities. People need to be made aware of, and the companies need to address, this serious safety issue,” said Gibbs Law Group partner Rosemary Rivas.
Rosemary M. Rivas is a partner with Gibbs Law Group. Ms. Rivas has dedicated her 20-year legal career to representing consumers and has a significant amount of experience and knowledge in litigating complex, class actions cases, including car defect litigation.
To learn more about the class action lawsuit and find out if your Hyundai or Kia could be affected, contact Gibbs Law Group at (800) 254-9493 or on our website.
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