Hyundai Motor Co. also, Kia Motors Corp. were sued by U.S. drivers over a supposed imperfection that could make certain motors burst into flames, adding pressure on the South Korean automakers being probed by U.S. specialists.
In excess of 350 purchaser complaints were accounted for to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration over non-crash fires in Hyundai and Kia vehicles as consequence of the automakers’ “concealment of the defect,” as indicated by the legal claim recorded on Dec. 14 in the U.S. Area Court for the Central District of California by law office Hagens Berman.
The U.S. auto-security controller began testing the auspiciousness and extent of the carmakers’ reviews identified with assembling mistakes in “Theta II” motors, while the U.S. Lawyer’s Office for the Southern District of New York has opened a criminal examination in to the issue, as indicated by a Reuters report. Hyundai and Kia have reviewed about 1.6 million vehicles in the U.S. made somewhere in the range of 2011 and 2014 identified with motor issues.
Shares of Hyundai fell as much as 3.4 percent. They were down 0.9 percent at 1:24 p.m. in Seoul, while Kia advanced 1.9 percent.
The customers’ lawsuit argues that a defect restricts oil flow to core engine parts, causing premature wear and failure and eventually resulting in engine seizure and fire.
Hyundai Motor declined to comment on the lawsuit specifically, but in a statement the automaker said that “nothing is more important than the safety and security of Hyundai customers,” adding that the company is cooperating with the U.S. Department of Transportation and the NHTSA.
“Over the past three years, we have held numerous meetings with DOT and NHTSA representatives, and proactively discussed and identified possible safety items for NHTSA’s evaluation, including the engine recalls,” Hyundai Motor said in the statement. “NHTSA has been fully briefed and kept apprised of these recalls and low rates of associated non-collision fires.”
The Center for Auto Safety, a U.S. non-profit consumer advocacy organization, in October demanded the Korean companies recall 2.9 million vehicles of five models, arguing that almost one non-collision fire was reported every day over a period of four months.