Hyundai / Kia Fire Hazard

DEFENDANT NAME: Hyundai Motor Company, Hyundai Motor America, Kia Motors Corporation, Kia Motors America Inc.
CASE NUMBER: 8:18-cv-02223
COURT: U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
STATUS: Active
DATE FILED: 12/14/18

Own a 2011-2019 Hyundai or Kia?

A dangerous defect means your vehicle could catch fire or suffer engine failure. You may be entitled to reimbursement. Find out your rights »

The following affected vehicles have been identified as at risk for spontaneously catching on fire in non-collision events and/or suffering premature engine failure:


  • 2011-2019 Hyundai Sonata
  • 2013-2019 Hyundai Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport
  • 2011-2019 Kia Optima
  • 2012-2019 Kia Sorento
  • 2012-2019 Kia Soul
  • 2011-2019 Kia Sportage

hyundai/kia fire hazard explained

According to The Center for Auto Safety, 2.9 million Hyundai and Kia vehicles are at risk for spontaneously catching on fire in non-collision events or suffering premature engine failure, putting drivers under serious threat of physical injury and damage to their vehicles during operation.

As of October 2018, more than 220 consumer complaints of non-collision fires in these vehicles were submitted to NHTSA and the Center for Auto Safety combined. Between June 12 and October 12, 2018, the Center for Auto Safety learned of 103 additional fire reports — an 85 percent increase — and has since received nearly one new report of fire every single day across these five vehicle models.

In at least a dozen instances, vehicles involved in these fires were recently serviced for an engine-related recall, only to have them catch fire at a later date.

Along with creating a severe driving hazard and increasing the chance of injury or death, the end result of the engine defect is serious, extensive and expensive damage to the engine and/or total loss of the vehicle.


Our firm's investigation has revealed that the defect affects Hyundai and Kia vehicles equipped with certain gasoline direct injection (GDI) engines.

The defect prevents proper oil flow to the engine, causing premature wear and failure. When the parts fail, the engine seizes and stops running during operation. Engine seizure often causes these internal parts to break and knock a hole in the engine, permitting fluids to leak and ignite a fire.


Hagens Berman believes vehicle owners deserve more, and that these automakers should be held accountable for putting owners and drivers at grave risk of injury. While Hyundai and Kia would rather wait until they are forced to act, we think those put in harm's way should receive immediate help.


Hagens Berman is one of the most successful auto litigation law firms in the U.S. and is presently leading nationwide cases against Hyundai, Kia, Volkswagen, GM, Mercedes, and Fiat Chrysler for safety defects and emissions-cheating. Your claim will be handled by attorneys experienced in automotive consumer law.


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