Due to the expense involved, most consumers are trusting that the vehicle they purchase will perform in a safe and reliable fashion. When they fail to do so, vehicles pose a serious risk to the well-being of owners and passengers. One of the few ways Arizona customers can recoup their losses is through an auto product liability civil suit.
For the past few years, Kia and Hyundai have been plagued with a persistent engine problem, namely, debris from the manufacturing process that can restrict oil flow, creating excessive wear that could potentially spark an engine fire. The companies have issued recalls in the past that were criticized for not including enough vehicles to effectively correct the issue. Now, the companies are issuing yet another recall to address improper repairs. Due to the government shutdown, owners may have to wait for a letter before knowing if their vehicle is included in the latest recall.
It usually falls to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to ensure that any necessary recalls are handled efficiently and include all affected models. The agency also ensures that consumers are adequately informed of the recalls and that the problem is being addressed properly. In this case, both Kia and Hyundai are conducting the recall on their own and will only offer to fix those vehicles that were previously recalled. Purportedly, the original repair required a new engine block to be installed, and in the process, the fuel pipe may have become misaligned, leading to leaks and engine fires.
The NHTSA was already investigating the initial problem. Other safety agencies are concerned that the current recall does not include all affected vehicles. So far, both companies deny knowledge of any injuries that could be attributed to the defect. Arizona residents who have suffered either serious injuries or sustained significant property damages may seek the assistance of an experienced attorney to assess whether an auto product liability claim would be warranted.