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Judge Puts Nail in then Coffin of the Hyundai Peeling Paint Lawsuit

A peeling paint lawsuit has fallen apart after a judge’s recent dismissal.

The judge said this dismissal is with prejudice because the plaintiffs keep repeating the same allegations that were already dismissed.

In other words, the plaintiffs had their chance and blew it.

The original lawsuit alleged that Hyundai’s paint falls apart as the polymers break down and make the paint susceptible to peeling and flaking.

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Rodents Are Attracted to Hyundai’s Soy-Based Wire Coating

Hyundai is being sued for using soy-based wire insulation that attracts rabbits, mice, squirrels and other creatures.

The Hyundai lawsuit alleges the automaker denies there is a problem by using the soy-based wiring and since no defect exists, any replacement parts will also consist of soy products.

The soy-based materials are more biodegradable and generally cost less than their plastic counterparts.

When an owner takes the vehicle for repairs due to the chewed wires, Hyundai merely removes the gnawed materials and installs the same soy-based wiring and engine-related components, resulting in a continuous cycle of failures. Because the damage isn’t covered under warranty, owners can be left with spending up to thousands of dollars to replace wiring that rodents will once again attack.

Honda, Toyota, Kia, and Subaru are all facing similar lawsuits.

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Santa Fe Earns “Good” Rating in 2017 Headlight Test by IIHS

Out of 37 SUVs tested, only 2 earned the “good” badge during the IIHS’ headlight test, including the 2017 Santa Fe.

IIHS found that all the headlights that were rated good and acceptable have projector lenses and the three good-rated headlight variants are HID. However, researchers say having HIDs and/or projector lenses doesn’t guarantee good or acceptable ratings.

The 2017 Santa Fe Sport, meanwhile, received a “poor” rating.

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Steering Wheel Locked Up? Lawsuit Says it Happens While Driving

After more than 100 complaints submitted to safety regulators, a proposed class-action has been filed saying Hyundai steering wheels can lock up while driving.

The plaintiffs say the cars lose power steering without warning and make it impossible to safely drive, an allegedly similar problem that caused Hyundai to recall 173,000 Sonata mid-size cars in 2016. The lawsuit alleges the automaker has long known about the steering problems but has neglected to warn consumers or take actions to fix the loss of power steering.

The lawsuit covers the 2013-2016 Hyundai Accent and Elantra.

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The 2017 Santa Fe Sport Has Seat Belts That Detach in a Crash

Hyundai is recalling the 2017 Santa Fe Sport because the seat belts can detach in a crash. Talk about defeating the purpose.

The latest recall includes 2017 Santa Fe Sport SUVs to fix issues with the driver’s side seat belt anchors that may not have been tightened properly during assembly. Bolts that aren’t tight enough may cause the seat belts to detach from the anchors during a crash.

In case you missed it, the same vehicles were recently recalled for hoods flying open while driving.

The 2017 Santa Fe sounds like a real hoot to drive.

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Some Hyundai SUVs Recalled Because Their Hoods Fly Open While Driving

The bad news: the Santa Fe (and Sport) have hoods that can fly open and need to be recalled.

Hyundai says the 2013-2017 Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport SUVs have secondary hood latch actuating cables that can corrode and bind, causing the secondary latch to stay unlatched when the hood is closed.

The good news: this is an issue with the secondary latch, which is basically your safety net in case the primary latch fails.

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Over 160,000 Sonata and Genesis Cars Recalled with Corroded Parking Brake Switches

Hyundai is recalling 161,000 cars for issues with parking brake switch issues.

According to Hyundai, the warning light used to indicate when the parking brake is applied may not illuminate due to corrosion of the parking brake switch. This could cause a driver to possibly leave the parking brake engaged while trying to drive the car.

The affected cars are from the 2015 and 2016 model years.

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Peeling Paint Lawsuit Dismissed

A peeling paint lawsuit has been dismissed by a California district judge.

Whether Hyundai knew the paint was defective was a question because the automaker said third-party websites talked about the problems, but customers weren’t complaining directly to Hyundai. In other words, if customers don’t complain directly to Hyundai, no one can prove the automaker had prior knowledge of alleged problems.

This is a terrible argument. Third party websites, like, are not only useful for venting. Complaint data is collected, compiled, and shared to other owners who might be having the same problem. Seeing how many others are facing a similar issue can be a catalyst for action.

Meanwhile, sending a complaint directly to an automaker can feel like firing a thought off into the void.

However, in her ruling, the judge left the door open for the plaintiffs to amend and refile their complaint.

So you’re telling me there’s a chance.

Not dead yet.

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More Stalling Theta II Engines Will be Replaced in the 2013-2014 Sonata and Santa Fe Sport

572,000 Sonata and Santa Fe Sport vehicles are being recalled because the Theta II engines can seize at any moment.

Hyundai says machining errors occurred when the engines were built and those errors can cause the engine bearings to wear out early. Those prematurely worn bearings will cause the engine to lock up, something a dealer will need to fix by replacing the engine short block.

Hyundai admits that two errors made during manufacturing are responsible for the problems:

  1. Metal debris left over during machining the engine crankshaft wasn’t completely removed during the cleaning process.
  2. Another machining error left uneven surfaces on the crankpins.

From there it’s only a matter of time before the debris is grabbed by oil → the oil starts to clog up → the reduced flow affects the connecting rod bearings → heat and friction rise → the bearings wear out prematurely → horrible knocking noise ensue.

Kia is recalling 618,000 vehicles for the same problem.

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