Hyundai offers a lifetime warranty for the Theta 2 engine

SEOUL, Oct. 11 (Yonhap) — Hyundai Motor Group announced on Friday that it will offer a lifetime warranty for its Theta 2 engine following mass recalls and a class-action settlement. American.

Hyundai Motor Co. and its subsidiary Kia Motors Corp. said they would offer lifetime warranties to owners of vehicles with the Theta 2 gasoline direct injection (GDi) engine produced between 2011 and 2019 after reaching an agreement to resolve class-action lawsuits with U.S. owners. vehicles fitted with the engine, the group said in a statement.

Hyundai and Kia will also offer cash compensation options, free inspection and repair of affected engines and installation of a software update program to U.S. owners of eight models made by the automakers, it said. he adds.

The companies did not disclose the amount of cash compensation they will provide to US customers.

“Reflecting our commitment to customer satisfaction, Hyundai is pleased to resolve this class action litigation,” said Jerry Flannery, chief legal officer of Hyundai Motor America.

“This settlement acknowledges our sincere commitment to caring for customers impacted by performance issues with this engine and recognizes the many steps we are already taking to help our customers.”

In 2015 and 2017, Hyundai and Kia recalled a total of 4.17 million vehicles in the United States, the world’s largest auto market, and 520,000 models in Korea, bringing the total to 4.69 million units. . A class action lawsuit was filed in 2018 and the settlement was reached on Friday, he said.

Models equipped with the Theta 2 GDi engine include Hyundai’s Sonata and Grandeur (or Azera) sedan, Santa Fe sport utility vehicle and Veloster N performance car, as well as Kia’s K5 and K7 sedans and Sorento and Sportage SUVs .

The court is expected to consider the proposed settlement for preliminary approval this month.

“As the domestic customers did not file a collective complaint against the faulty Theta 2 GDi engine, the companies will provide a lifetime warranty for the engine only,” a Hyundai official said.

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