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Following years of scrutiny and even US investigations over vehicle engine fires, Hyundai and Kia have stumped up a substantial amount for vehicle owners, to the tune of three quarters of a billion dollars. The automakers, which are part of Hyundai Motor Group, said on Friday they've reached a settlement in a class-action lawsuit surrounding the troublesome powertrains.

The vehicles involved in the settlement from Hyundai include the 2011-2019 Hyundai Sonata, 2013-2018 Santa Fe Sport, 2019 Santa Fe, 2014-2015 and 2018-2019 Tucson. From Kia, the 2011-2019 Sportage, Sorento and Optima models are included. In total, 2.3 million Hyundai and 1.8 million Kia vehicles feature the 2.0- and 2.4-liter engines that have a fire risk.

The automakers previously recalled about 1.7 million of these vehicles to address the issue.

$760 million will be set aside for cash reimbursement to cover repairs and other related expenses. The cash settlements will also cover compensation for past trade-ins and sales that took place over repairs for owners and lessees. Aside from a monetary settlement, Hyundai outlined four other areas it will enact to do right by customers affected.

Every vehicle will be eligible for a free update to the knock sensor detection system, which will protect engines if the system detects trouble afoot. Damaged engines will be taken car of through free inspections, repairs and even replacement should the situation call for it. All models affected will additionally boast lifetime warranty coverage for the engine's short block if they undergo repairs. The warranty transfers with the car and does not end with the original owner.

Monetary compensation will also extend to various areas for owners such as loss of vehicle value, denied warranty coverage and more.

"This settlement acknowledges our sincere willingness to take care of customers impacted by issues with this engine's performance and recognizes the many actions we are already taking to assist our customers," Jerry Flannery, Hyundai Motor America's chief legal officer, said in a statement.

John Yoon, Kia of America's executive vice president and general counsel, added, "As the latest demonstration of Kia's commitment to vehicle quality and customer satisfaction, this resolution is the result of good-faith efforts among all parties to resolve owner concerns."

Following an expected court approval for the settlement this month, those involved in the class-action lawsuit will receive individual notices.
 

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Better than nothing at all, I get an annual mpg reimbursement from Hyundai, but I find it distasteful to own (my wife drives the Hyundai) an auto from a company that consistently chooses to take shortcuts, deceive, falsify, deny etc until they are forced by regulators to admit culpability. Despite a bevy of fines they are still profitable but a smart company would spend some additional $$ and time upfront to prevent most of these issues. Yes if you are expressing that the fine should be larger I am in total agreement.
 

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...a company that consistently chooses to take shortcuts, deceive, falsify, deny etc until they are forced by regulators to admit culpability. ...
Fair sentiment for sure. But you just described every automaker. Ime all of them typically need public dragging before acknowledging and addressing major i$$ues. Not to mention countless varied stories of great to poor dealerships etc.
 

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How in the world are you supposed to know if an update needs to be done if it's not a recall?
Check with the dealer. Notifications for the update were sent by mail and if the car is in the dealership for any service, they would do the updates.
 

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Check with the dealer. Notifications for the update were sent by mail and if the car is in the dealership for any service, they would do the updates.
The 953 was done and it was the only thing I needed 6 months ago. Not sure at this point but hopefully future mailings go to me. I'm the 2nd owner of the car and there was a point where my name was not listed as the owner.
 

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I am the fourth owner of my Sonata. Can any Hyundai dealer look up the history from the VIN?
Yes they can.
The 953 was done and it was the only thing I needed 6 months ago. Not sure at this point but hopefully future mailings go to me. I'm the 2nd owner of the car and there was a point where my name was not listed as the owner.
I own a 2012 Sonata 2.0t. I'm not the first owner, but I bought it recently used (within first year) so I'm pretty sure I am aware of every recall on that motor:
1. Changed the oil dipstick to increase the oil quantity required for the engine (basically, they moved the markings). You can tell you have a new dipstick because it's orange instead of yellow. I don't believe this applies to a 2015 model though, because that fix was already in place by then.
2. Record the engine sound, analyze the file, then get a pass or no pass. This recall was useless since engines have failed despite getting a pass on that test. This recall and the one above are documented here: https://static.nhtsa.gov/odi/rcl/2015/RCRIT-15V568-2610.pdf
3. Update the ECU (that's the latest campaign everyone's been talking about - campaign 953): https://static.nhtsa.gov/odi/tsbs/2019/MC-10158804-9999.pdf

For cars that have had their engine swapped, there's a new recall because of the fire risk: https://static.nhtsa.gov/odi/rcl/2018/RCRIT-18V934-5606.pdf

There are other TSBs as side-effects of recalls above. For example, campaign 953 revealed that multiple cars had a bad wiring harness going to the knock sensor. See this TSB: https://static.nhtsa.gov/odi/tsbs/2019/MC-10160107-9999.pdf

Search NHTSA's website for more recalls and TSBs, but search by year, make and model to see all docs. If you search by using your VIN, you get less results.

Hopefully that helps.
 

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Fair sentiment for sure. But you just described every automaker. Ime all of them typically need public dragging before acknowledging and addressing major i$$ues. Not to mention countless varied stories of great to poor dealerships etc.
true but I own a Hyundai, my other car is a Saab and they are defunct but it only had one recall that I'm aware of, and the Theta II debacle is just a continuing series of missteps, recalls, lawsuits, etc. Other than that my 2013 has been flawless.
 

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Fair sentiment for sure. But you just described every automaker. Ime all of them typically need public dragging before acknowledging and addressing major i$$ues. Not to mention countless varied stories of great to poor dealerships etc.
^ This. What brand of vehicle do you drive? Google them and you will find that they were kicked dragging and screaming into some recall or another. Volkswagen diesels, Toyota Tacomas, Ford Focuses... The list goes on.
 

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Figures, but I don't want results for all cars, I want them only if they apply to mine, so why not search by VIN?
Because the VIN search only looks for recalls that are still open on your specific car. If they've already been performed, you'll see basically nothing. And TSBs are never included in this view. It's a great service but not the only one that's useful.

To get all the info, not just recalls, but also including TSBs (which they call "Manufacturers Communications"), you can click on "Learn More" after your VIN search, or directly search by year, make & model.
 
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