Hyundai faces class action over ‘fire hazard’ threat, Kia may follow suit. – Dubai Car News

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  • Action is being taken for the owners by Morris Blackburn Solicitors.
  • About 200,000 vehicles are believed to be involved.
  • Hyundai has been sued in Victoria, not Kia yet.

Hyundai and Kia are facing legal action in a Victorian court over faulty brake systems in several popular models for creating a ‘fire hazard’.

194,808 cars could potentially be included in various models, including the best-selling Tucson and Sportage SUVs.

Law firm Maurice Blackburn Lawyers has already filed a class action against Hyundai in the Supreme Court of Victoria, and is preparing a similar case against fellow Korean car company Kia.

2019 Hyundai Tucson

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Tucson Highlander

The Hyundai class action includes 94,000 Tucsons with model years between 2014 and 2020, 124 Genesis G80 and G70 2018 models, 1,200 Genesis models from 2014-2017, 21,943 Sante Fe (2020DM015) models and 21,943 models from 2015-2015, and 2014-2017 models. -An additional 19,541 ix35 (EL) models by 2015.

The proposed Kia case could include about 58,000 Sportages and Stingers manufactured between 2016 and 2019.

If successful, the action could see the two car companies pay out huge compensation claims to thousands of owners.

2019 Kia Sportage

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Sportage SX+

Morris Blackburn’s national head of class actions Andrew Watson said the firm would accuse Hyundai and Kia of failing to comply with acceptable quality guarantees under Australian consumer law, and of misleading and deceptive conduct. Stay busy.

“This is a serious defect that affects hundreds of thousands of vehicles with potentially catastrophic consequences for vehicle owners and pedestrians. Consumers expect the vehicles they buy to be safe to drive, They will be safe to park in their garages, and free of defects that could result in loss of life. Watson said Hyundai and Kia have failed to meet those expectations and put them on the road. Should be held accountable for driving unsafe vehicles.

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The ABS malfunction was identified in several safety recall notices issued by Hyundai and Kia, which stated that due to a manufacturing defect, the electronic control circuit board could short-circuit when exposed to moisture.

This creates a risk of fire in the engine compartment, even when the vehicle is turned off, causing injury or death to vehicle occupants and bystanders, as well as to homes or other nearby flammable structures. And buildings can cause property damage.

Vehicle owners should park their vehicles outdoors in an open space and away from homes, other buildings or materials that are flammable, such as garages or carports, to avoid the risk of possible vehicle fires that could cause further injury or death to passengers. May cause injury.

A spokesperson for Hyundai said this The wheels: “Hyundai Motor Company Australia prioritizes the safety of our customers. We take the safety and reliability of our vehicles seriously.

“We have and will always stand by our products by providing support to our customers as needed. We are disappointed by the class action, but will carefully consider the allegations before commenting further.”

A Kia spokesman added: “We are aware of the proposed class action by Maurice Blackburn Lawyers. However, we have not received any formal notification of the matter and will therefore have no further comment at this time.”

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