A lawsuit involving certain Santa Fe SUV models was filed last month against Hyundai Motor Co. in a California federal court. The automaker was accused of concealing a defect in its models that causes unexpected stalling and subsequent power loss, posing a risk to passengers and pedestrians. The suit, a putative class action, alleges that the Korean automaker has known for years that its 2010-12 Santa Fe vehicles are prone to unexpectedly stalling, which leads to braking and steering problems.
It’s alleged that Hyundai intentionally concealed information about the defect from consumers and that the “service campaign” it launched last month to address the defect doesn’t remedy the problem.
The suit was filed by the lead Plaintiffs on behalf of themselves and other purchasers or lessors of 2010-12 Santa Fe vehicles. The lead Plaintiffs say their vehicles stalled on multiple occasions under various driving conditions, from heavy traffic on a major street to driving over a speed bump and slowing down to make a right turn.
The suit says Hyundai was aware of the stalling defect at least through incident reports on the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) website, where vehicle owners detailed various stalling incidents. The complaint also alleges that consumers who complained directly to the automaker about the defect were either told that nothing was wrong with their vehicles or that the problem could not be replicated and therefore couldn’t be addressed, or provided with ineffective “fixes.”
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