A proposed Settlement has been reached in a case known as In re: Hyundai and Kia Engine Litigation II, No. 8:18-cv-02223-JLS-JDE (C.D. Cal.). The lawsuit alleges that certain Kia vehicles (called the "Class Vehicles") have a defect that can cause engine seizure, stalling, engine failure, and possibly engine fire, and that some owners and lessees have been improperly denied repairs under the vehicle’s warranty. Kia has not been found liable for any claims alleged in the lawsuit. The Parties have instead reached a voluntary settlement in order to avoid lengthy litigation and thereby provide relief to Class Members. People who owned or leased Class Vehicles, referred to as “Class Members,” might be entitled to compensation if they submit valid and timely Claims.
Under the proposed Settlement, and subject to proof, Kia will provide financial and other benefits for certain engine-related repairs and/or engine failures or engine fires. To qualify for benefits under the Settlement you must have bought or leased a Class Vehicle, which are certain vehicle models originally equipped with or replaced with the respective corresponding genuine multi-port fuel injection (“MPI”) or gasoline direct injection (“GDI”) engine within Original Equipment Manufacturer (“OEM”) specifications listed in FAQ 6.
To check whether your vehicle might be a Class Vehicle, click here to verify your Vehicle Identification Number (“VIN”). You may also contact the Settlement Administrator at 1-800-944-1025 (Toll-Free) and ask whether your vehicle is included in the Settlement.
To obtain benefits under the Settlement, you generally need to first complete the free Knock Sensor Detection System (“KSDS”) update at a Kia dealership before November 4, 2023.
The Settlement provides the following benefits:
Reimbursement for Out-of-Pocket Repair Expenses
Cash reimbursements for qualifying past out-of-pocket repair costs.
Reimbursement for Out-of-Pocket Engine Failure Expenses
Cash reimbursement for transportation, towing, and in some instances, food and lodging expenses if you experienced a qualifying engine failure or engine fire regardless of whether you obtained a repair afterwards.
Compensation for Trade-ins and Sales
Cash compensation for certain trade-ins and sales of unrepaired vehicles that experienced a qualifying engine repair or engine fire.
Compensation for Total Vehicle Lost
Cash compensation for vehicles lost due to qualifying engine fires and an additional $150 goodwill payment.
Extension of the Powertrain Limited Warranty to 15 years or 150,000 odometer miles to both original and subsequent owners for damage to the engine short block and long block assembly due to connecting rod bearing wear.
Cash rebates if you lost faith in your vehicle after experiencing engine troubles related to the alleged defect, sold your Kia vehicle, and subsequently purchased another Kia vehicle.