Hyundai Facing a Defective Automotive Class Action

That excitement when you have bought a new Hyundai car.  And then how huge is the disappointment when you find out that your car is a defective one? It is even more disappointing when you are a big fan of Hyundai cars and you do not receive appropriate help from the company in case of a defective car.

Hyundai is facing a defective automotive class action lawsuit over allegations its power steering systems in certain vehicles. It can unexpectedly become difficult or impossible to steer.  Hyundai has willfully concealed the defect from consumers. The affected vehicles are model years 2013-2016 Accents and Elantras.

The complaint asserts that the defect severely inhibits drivers’ ability to react to or avoid other cars, pedestrians, and obstacles which can be life dangerous.  According to the lawsuit, the alleged defect results from conflicting steering wheel input data that causes power steering to turn off.

A similar defect had resulted in earlier models as the suit states. That recall involved 2011 model year Sonatas built between 2009 and 2010. The NHTSA said the cars were vulnerable to a loss of electronic power steering if a circuit board inside the drive assembly malfunctions or is damaged.

When a reasonable customer purchases a vehicle that advertises power steering as a feature he expects that exact feature to function properly. A reasonable consumer further expects and assumes that defendant will not sell vehicles with known safety defects. Most reasonably the consumer will simply disclose any such defect to their customers.

Client Complaints

Ku is a resident of Oregon. He bought a new 2014 Elantra in March of that year. According to the lawsuit, Ku spent two years as a truck driver in the South Korean military. In May 2016, the steering wheel in his Elantra locked up and his car veered sharply to the left. He was unable to stop before crashing into the barrier on the side of the highway. Ku had installed a camera in his car and had captured the incident on video.

According to the lawsuit, Vinci, a resident of Oregon, bought a used 2013 Accent in June 2015. She has experienced repeated problems with steering in that vehicle all the time. She has taken the car to Hyundai’s dealers for repairs several times. They have not solved the problem so far. In January 2016, the power steering defect caused her to crash.

Another complaint was a driver who could not turn away from a wooden wall on the side of a road. He drove through it which is a real disaster.

Final Notes

According to the lawsuit, numerous similar complaints have been made to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. As of June 7, there were more than 100 such complaints involving Elantras. Another 10 were involving Hyundai Accents.  The class action cites eight claims, including violations of California laws, the laws of 29 states, breach of implied warranty, fraudulent concealment and unjust enrichment.

There are no hopeless situations. A qualified and skilled Lemon Lawyer is well aware of your consumer rights and can help you to solve the problem you are facing with Hyundai. We wish you good luck.