A proposed class action alleges certain Kia and Hyundai vehicles were manufactured and designed without engine immobilizers—electronic security devices that make it more difficult to start the vehicles without a key.
The plaintiffs assert that at the time they bought their 2021 Hyundai Sonata, they “were unaware that the vehicle was defective and that it was not fit for the ordinary purpose for which the product is used in that it is easy to steal, unsafe, and worth less than it should be if it did not have the defect.”
The lawsuit alleges the affected vehicles are all Kia models from 2011-2021 and all Hyundai models from 2015-2021.
The plaintiffs assert claims including violation of consumer laws, breach of warranty, and unjust enrichment. They seek remedies including damages and an order preventing Defendants from selling the defective vehicles and ordering them to fix or replace them.
The case is Brian and Sara Bendorf v. Kia America, Inc., et al., case number 4;22-cv-00465-RK, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri.