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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 CarComplaints.com, 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.
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:
Metal debris left over during machining the engine crankshaft wasn’t completely removed during the cleaning process.
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.