LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–A Florida-based Hyundai Entourage car owner today filed a proposed class action lawsuit on behalf of Hyundai and Kia vehicle owners and lessees, claiming the automobile manufacturers sold thousands of vehicles with a potentially deadly defect that can cause spontaneous engine compartment fires, resulting in damage to their cars and homes and threatening the lives of many.
“Hyundai and Kia cannot claim to care about consumer safety with such blatant disregard for these life-altering and risky defects”
The cars’ defect revolves around the anti-lock brake system (ABS) modules or the hydraulic electronic control unit (HECU), sophisticated technological and mechanical safety features located under the hood. According to the lawsuit, the ABS modules and HECUs remained charged with an electrical current even when the car was not running. This, coupled with a defect that allows moisture to enter the electrified components, creates the risk of fires erupting.
According to Elizabeth A. Fegan, founder and managing member of consumer-rights law firm FeganScott, defendants knowingly waited to release recalls and disclose the defect despite the manufacturers’ claims to have “industry leading” warranty programs.
“Hyundai and Kia cannot claim to care about consumer safety with such blatant disregard for these life-altering and risky defects,” said Fegan. “These manufactures have abrogated their responsibility to their customers, and the public at large, and we intend to hold them accountable through this suit.”
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