Hyundai Steering Mechanism Class Action Lawsuit Filed
Hyundai Accent & Hyundai Elantra (Model Years 2013-2016)
On June 8, 2017, a class action lawsuit was filed against Hyundai Motor America (Hyundai) in United States District Court, Central District of California, on behalf of a class of owners of 2013-2016 Hyundai Accent and Hyundai Elantra due to a factory-installed, faulty steering mechanism in the vehicles.
According to the class action complaint:
A defect in Hyundai’s steering mechanism causes the power steering to stop working suddenly, causing the wheel to lock or become difficult or impossible to turn at all.
The faulty steering mechanism is found on at least the following models: Hyundai Accent (model years 2013-2016) and Hyundai Elantra (model years 2013-2016) . . . .”
Hyundai’s defective steering mechanism severely inhibits drivers’ ability to react to and/or avoid other cars, pedestrians, or obstacles.
The Vehicles’ steering defects have been the subject of a large number of consumer complaints.
Hyundai has long known about the problem but has not notified consumers. Previous Hyundai models had the same or a similar defect, which Hyundai was slow to acknowledge.
In 2016, Hyundai issued a recall concerning a similar defect in 2011 Sonata vehicles. The steering problem was caused by conflicting steering wheel input data which caused the power steering to turn off.
Further, according to the class action complaint:
Safe and functional power steering was material to . . . [c]lass members’ decisions to buy or lease the [subject] [v]ehicles . . . and [a] reasonable customer who purchases a vehicle that advertises power steering as a feature expects that feature to function properly. A reasonable consumer further expects and assumes that [Hyundai] will not sell vehicles with known safety defects, and will disclose any such defect to their customers.
NHTSA Consumer Complaints About Inadequate Steering Mechanisms
The complaint further states that [t]he database of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration . . . shows there are many detailed consumer complaints about the inadequate steering mechanisms of the [2013-2016 model year Hyundai Accent and Hyundai Elantra]. Additionally, the complaint alleges that [a]s of June 7, 2017, there were over 100 such complaints for the Elantra and 10 such complaints for the Accent.
What Can Hyundai Accent and Hyundai Elantra Vehicle Owners Do?
If you own a Hyundai Accent or Hyundai Elantra (Model Years 2013-2016) and would like to speak privately with an attorney to learn more information about this investigation, please complete the form to the right or contact Michael Yarnoff, Esq., (215) 792-6676, Ext. 804, [email protected]; John Kehoe, Esq., (215) 792-6676, Ext. 801, [email protected], or send an e-mail to [email protected].
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