Hyundai Palisade Odor Lawsuit

Hyundai Palisade Odor Lawsuit

A class action lawsuit alleges certain Hyundai Palisade models with leather seats or trim emit a foul odor.
  • By: Staff Writer
  • Published September 14, 2021

A class action lawsuit alleges certain Hyundai Palisade models with leather seats or trim, including the Palisade SEL and Limited, have “a strong foul odor, emanating from inside the vehicle.” The alleged odor is described as “rotten seaweed, garbage, garlic, rotten product.”

The lawsuit alleges Hyundai is aware of the defect through avenues including consumer complaints. In addition, the lawsuit points to Technical Service Bulletins issued by Hyundai. In one such Bulletin cited, Hyundai reportedly believed the odor came from the imitation leather coverings of the head restraints.

The complaint further asserts some consumers have been able to return their cars, but without a full return of the purchase price. Others have allegedly been offered $5,000 from Hyundai, but must release all claims against the company.

The lawsuit raises claims including breach of warranty, violation of consumer laws, fraudulent concealment, and negligent misrepresentation.  The plaintiffs seek remedies including damages, restitution, and attorney fees.

The case is Travis Tharpe, et al. v. Hyundai Motor America, Inc., case number 8:21-cv-01428, in the United States District Court for the Central District of California. 

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