Kia class action claims defect makes vehicles easy to steal

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Overview of Kia class action lawsuits:

  • Who: Ann Brady and Leah Price have filed a class action lawsuit against Kia America, Inc., Hyundai Motor America and Hyundai Kia America.
  • Why: Brady and Price allege that Kia has not disclosed that its 2011-2021 Hyundai and Kia vehicles have defects that could make it easier for thieves to steal.
  • Where: The class action lawsuit has been filed in Iowa federal court.

Kia has not disclosed to consumers that its 2011-2021 Kia and Hyundai vehicles have flaws that make them easier to steal, a new class action lawsuit alleges.

Plaintiffs Ann Brady and Leah Price allege that Kia is refusing to repair the alleged defect or compensate consumers, despite admitting the vehicles have a “theft and security” problem.

Brady and Price further allege that in their advertising and labeling, Kia has not “disclosed, disclosed or informed customers” that the Kia and Hyundai vehicles are “defective” and “unfit for the normal purposes for which the vehicles are used.” .

“Defendants knew their vehicles were defective…but failed and refused to disclose these defects to customers, despite having the ability and resources to do so,” Kia’s class action said.

Brady and Price aim to represent a nationwide Class and Iowa sub-class of consumers who have purchased or own a 2011-2021 model year Hyundai or Kia vehicle, with varying statute of limitations.

Kia, Brady and Price claim they did not follow the rules set by the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) in the manufacture of the affected vehicles.

Brady and Price claim the Hyundai and Kia vehicles involved can be steered and driven forward even without a key in the ignition, making them easier to steal and an alleged violation of the FMVSS.

Kia accused of manufacturing cars without immobilizer

Furthermore, Kia allegedly failed to comply with FMVSS regulations by manufacturing the vehicles without immobilizers, which exist to make it more difficult to start a vehicle without having a key, Kia’s class action claims.

“Defendants had the opportunity and the means to add an immobilizer or similar device, but did not do so,” Kia’s class action said.

Brady and Price allege that Kia was guilty of, among other things, unjust enrichment and negligence and in violation of Iowa’s Private law on consumer fraud claimand the Magnuson Moss Warranty Act.

Plaintiffs are seeking a jury trial and seeking injunctive relief, along with damages for themselves and all Class members.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recalled more than 9,000 Kia’s 2022 model year EV6 vehicles in May over concerns that their parking brakes untie by itself and roll away.

Do you have a 2011-2021 Hyundai or Kia vehicle? Let us know in the comments!

The plaintiffs are represented by Jay M. Smith of Smith & McElwain, and Kenneth B. McClain, Jonathan M. Soper, Kevin D. Stanley, and Chelsea M. Pierce of Humphrey, Farrington & McClain, PC

The Kia Theft Class Action Lawsuit is Brady, et al. v. Kia America, Inc., et al.Case No. 4:22-cv-00252, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa.

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