Both Hyundai and Kia initiated a recall of nearly 170,000 vehicles because of a fire risk. The risk resulted from poor repairs of the vehicles during a previous recall. Problems with the fuel pipe that may cause engines to ignite will be fixed. Currently, the car manufacturers are under investigation by the National Highway and Traffic Safety Organization, which has limited staff due to the government shutdown, to see if previous recalls covered every car with fire risks and engine failure. Additionally, they will initiate a “product improvement campaign” for more than three million vehicles by installing software that detects and warns drivers about problems with the engine and will engage the car in a speed reduction mode during detection.
Recalled cars for faulty fuel pipes include: 2011 through 2014 Kia Optima, 2012 through 2012 Sorento, 2011 through 2013 Sportage, 2011 to 2014 Hyundai Sonata, 2013 and 2014 Santa Fe Sport. Cars slated for software and engine knock sensor updates include: 2011 Hyundai Sonata, 2013 through 2018 Santa Fe Sport, 2011 through 2018 Kia Optima, 2012 through 2018 Sorento, 2011 through 2018 Sportage.
Products that do not meet safety standards may be dangerous and cause serious injuries or even fatalities for unsuspecting consumers. It is the responsibility of the manufacturer to ensure that the product they produce adheres to those standards. If a problem arises through a defect in the design or an improperly constructed item, they must make every attempt to correct the problem or pull it from the market before it is too late.
If you or someone you love became injured while using a defective product, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact our Philadelphia products liability lawyers at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC at 215-569-8488 or contact us online to schedule a free case review. Our lawyers represent clients in Pennsylvania, including Philadelphia, Delaware County, and Chester County, as well as in Delaware, and New Jersey.