Kia Soul Products Liability

DEFENDANT NAME: Kia Motors of America
COURT: U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
STATUS: Active
DATE FILED: 08/20/13

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Hagens Berman has filed a lawsuit alleging that Kia Motors of America is responsible for the deaths of three passengers who were riding in the back seat of a 2010 Kia Soul that allegedly burst into flames following a minor traffic collision. 

Kia of America is the marketing and distribution arm of Kia Motors Corporation, which is based in Seoul, South Korea. Kia of America offers vehicles through more than 755 dealers throughout the United States.

Hagens Berman represents nine surviving family members of Henry Sims, Sr., one of the three deceased passengers in the case. Following the collision, the lawsuit claims that the passengers riding in the front seat of the vehicle walked away with relatively minor injuries. However, Mr. Sims and the two other passengers riding in the rear seating area were allegedly trapped as the vehicle caught fire. 

The complaint claims that bystanders attempted to free Mr. Sims and the others using wrenches and fragments of toppled road signs found at the scene, but because the fuel system experienced a catastrophic failure the fire quickly engulfed the vehicle before Mr. Sims could be freed. He and the other two passengers were pronounced dead at the scene by local paramedics, the lawsuit states.

Plaintiffs’ lawsuit alleges that Kia of America is liable for numerous safety and fuel system defects related to the design, manufacturing, testing and marketing of the 2010 Kia Soul. In addition, Kia of America was negligent for failing to implement reasonable safeguards to prevent catastrophic fuel system fires like the one that took the life of Mr. Sims.

Marty McLean, one of the Hagens Berman attorneys working on the case, described why the plaintiffs chose to bring this lawsuit.

“The evidence points to a serious safety risk,” said McLean. “Cars shouldn’t burst into flames from minor collisions.”

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