Hyundai’s “self-healing” paint is advertised to heal minor scratches. A chemical compound called scratch recovery clear contains a polymer which, when exposed to ultraviolet light, becomes molten and fills gaps in paint.
However, over time the paint tends to peel off in large sheets.
The Self-Healing Paint Lawsuit
In the case, Michelle Resnick, et al. vs. Hyundai Motor America Inc., the plaintiffs argued that Hyundai’s paint fails to meet industry standards.
The plaintiffs say the self-healing process won’t work if the scratch is deeper than a surface scratch, such as a chip in the paint caused by a rock flying off the road and hitting the car. Further, there is a concern that if the self-healing process does not occur, the scratch or chip may cause further breakdown of the paint’s molecular structure, in essence triggering the technology to operate in reverse.
The case eventually fell apart. The judge dismissed it after the plaintiffs failed to ammend their complaints.
As for the paint being just an issue of aesthetics, the plaintiffs claim this is false because the paint is there not only for looks but to protect the body of the vehicles from corrosion and rust damage. However, the judge didn’t buy it.
Meanwhile, the paint continues to fall apart too.