Class Action Filed Regarding 2020 Hyundai Palisade Windshield Defect That Allegedly “Creates A Serious Safety Issue”
Kehoe Law Firm, P.C. is making consumers and current or former owners or lessees of 2020 Hyundai Palisade vehicles that on May 12, 2020, a class action lawsuit was filed in United States District Court, Central District of California, against Hyundai Motor America and Hyundai Motor Company (collectively, “Hyundai”).
According to the class action complaint, the Hyundai
. . . Defendants manufactured, marketed, distributed, and sold the 2020 Hyundai Palisade (the “Class Vehicle”) without disclosing to purchasers and lessees of the Class Vehicles that the Class Vehicles’ windshields crack, chip, and otherwise break spontaneously or without reasonable explanation (the ‘Defect’). The Defect creates a serious safety issue and is therefore a material fact. Defendants have been unwilling to acknowledge the Defect, much less remedy it, and Plaintiffs hereby seek to correct that injustice. [Emphasis added.]
The class action complaint alleges that the Hyundai
Defendants began marketing the Class Vehicle in North America in the Summer of 2019. Within months owners and lessees of Class Vehicle began reporting problems with the windshields in their vehicles.
A typical account of the Defect starts with a small chip in the windshield glass, sometimes in response to contact with a small object such as a pebble or bug but often with no impact. The chip quickly expands into a major crack or “spiderweb” of cracks. Alternatively, cracks can appear suddenly and without warning in the windshield glass. Owners and lessees often experienced the Defect shortly after purchase—even on the first drive home from the dealership. [Emphasis added.]
Additionally, the complaint alleges that
Plaintiffs and members of the Class . . . who have experienced the Defect have been forced to pay up to $1,600 each time they have to replace a windshield.
In addition to the windshield replacement cost, owners and lessees almost always incur other expenses resulting from the defect. Many owners and lessees impacted by the Defect have had to pay additional sums for the recalibration and realignment of components that are subsidiary to the windshield, such as the rear-view camera and Heads Up Display technologies. Those impacted by the Defect also must expend time and money to bring their vehicles in for repair and lose use of the vehicles while they are being repaired. Cracks in the windshield prevent the safe and proper operation of some safety technology in the Class Vehicle.
Selling vehicles with dangerously defective windshields and refusing to take responsibility for the defects is a fraud on consumers. Hyundai refuses to honor its commitment to its loyal customers, is jeopardizing the safety of the public, and is forcing its customers to bear the expense of its mistakes and malfeasance. [Emphasis added.]
Current or former owners or lessees of 2020 Hyundai Palisade vehicles are encouraged to contact Kehoe Law Firm, P.C. by completing the form on the right or via e-mail to [email protected] to discuss potential legal claims.