The Hyundai Motor Company is a South Korean multinational automobile manufacturer that was founded in 1967. Today, the company operates under its parent, Hyundai Motor Group, along with its affiliate Kia Motors and luxury subsidiary Genesis Motors. In 1986, Hyundai Motor America began selling cars in the United States with the introduction of the Excel.
Today, Hyundai manufactures and sells an array of models including Elantra, Sonata, Veloster, sports utility vehicles – Tucson, Accent and Santa Fe, the Sonata Hybrid as well as luxury Genesis sedans and coupes. Hyundai currently produces 1.6 million units annually and sells vehicles in 193 countries. Although the quality of Hyundai vehicles has improved dramatically over the years, a number of models are prone to defects and have been the subject of recalls.
At Timothy Abeel & Associates, P.C., we have extensive experience handling Hyundai Lemon Law Claims in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. If you own or lease a Hyundai that has been in for repeated repairs or out of service for an extended period of time, you may be entitled to significant compensation.
2017 Hyundai/Kia Recalls
- In April 2017 Hyundai and Kia announced the recall of more than 1.3 million vehicles in the U.S., Canada and South Korea, including model year 2013-2104 Santa Fe Sport SUVs and Sonatas, 2011-2014 Kia Optimas, 2011-2013 Kia Sportage SUVs, and 2012-2014 Kia Sorento SUVs.
- The recall was related to engine defects that either caused knocking sounds when the vehicles accelerated or vehicle stalls. The engines for the affected vehicles were manufactured at a Hyundai plant in Alabama, and the company planned to replace the defective engines with new ones. Although no crashes or injuries were reported, the repairs were expected to cost the companies hundreds of millions of dollars.
- Shortly after this recall was announced, South Korea ordered Hyundai and Kia to recall 240,000 vehicles over safety defects that were originally reported by a whistleblower. The recall affected 12 models including Elantra Sonata, Santa Fe and Genesis.
Hyundai Elantra Recalls
The popular Hyundai Elantra has been the subject of a number of recalls in recent years.
- In March 2017, Hyundai Motor America announced the recall of certain 2017 Elantra vehicles for damaged Electronic Power Steering (MDPS) connectors that could result in a loss of electric power steering assistance, subsequently requiring more effort to steer, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers were instructed to replace the EPS motor.
- In January 2017, Hyundai Motor Company recalled certain model year 2017 Elantra vehicles due a brake booster defect that could lead to a loss of power in the brake assist, which could lengthen the stopping distance of the vehicle, increasing the risk of an accident. The automaker instructed dealers to replace the brake system booster assembly.
- In December 2016, certain model year 2017 Elantra vehicles were recalled because the driver’s frontal air bag inflator may not have been properly installed. This could lead to reduced inflation in the event of a crash, increasing the risk of injury. Dealers were instructed to replace the driver’s frontal air bag module.
Experienced Hyundai Defects Attorney
Although Hyundai is one of the largest automakers in the world and its vehicles are comparable in quality, performance and safety with many of its Japanese rivals, defects and recalls are not uncommon. In fact, the recent recall of 1.3 million vehicles for engine defects was a serious blow to the automaker.
If you have purchased or leased a Hyundai that experienced defects that have gone unrepaired, call the Lemon Law attorneys at Timothy Abeel & Associates.We will explain all of your consumer rights under applicable state and federal consumer protection laws and help you obtain the compensation you deserve.
If your claim is valid, you may be entitled to a replacement vehicle, a repurchase, or a refund. Under the Lemon Laws of New Jersey and Pennsylvania, you may also be able to recover reasonable attorney’s fees and costs. If your Hyundai needed numerous repairs while under the manufacturer’s warranty, or was the subject of a recall or a repair bulletin, you may have a valid Lemon Law claim. Call our office today for a free consultation or complete the contact form on our website.
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