- Why did I get a notice package?
According to Kia’s records, you bought or leased a Class Vehicle in the United States. This may also include a Class Vehicle you purchased while abroad on active U.S. military duty.
The Court has ordered a notice be sent to you because you have a right to know about a proposed settlement of a class action lawsuit and about your options in that lawsuit before the Court decides whether to approve the Settlement. If the Court approves the Settlement, and after objections and appeals are resolved, Kia will provide payments and other benefits agreed to in the Settlement. The notice explains the lawsuit, the Settlement, your legal rights, what benefits are available, who is eligible for them, and how to get them.
To view a copy of the Notice, click here.Back To Top
- What are these lawsuits about?
The people who filed these lawsuits are called Plaintiffs, and the companies they sued, Kia Motors Company (“KMC”), Kia Motors America (“KMA”), and others, are called Defendants. The Plaintiffs allege that the Class Vehicles suffer from a defect that can cause engine seizure, stalling, engine failure, and engine fire. The Plaintiffs also allege that engine seizure or stalling can be dangerous if experienced. The Plaintiffs also allege that some owners and lessees have been improperly denied repairs under the vehicle’s warranty. KMC and KMA deny Plaintiffs’ allegations.Back To Top
- Why is this a class action?
In a class action lawsuit, one or more persons, called “Class Representatives” (in this case Cara Centko, Jenn Lazar, Christopher Stanczak, Rose Creps, James Kinnick, Wallace Coats, Maryanne Brogan, Andrea Smolek, Danny Dickerson, Robert Fockler, Amy Franklin, Donald House, Dave Loomis, Joseph McCallister, Arron Miller, Ricky Montoya, Lynn North, Mark Rice, Reid Schmitt, James Smith, and Chris Stackhouse), sue on behalf of people who have similar claims. All of these people and those similarly situated are a “Settlement Class” or “Settlement Class Members.” One court resolves the issues for all Class Members, except those who exclude themselves from the Settlement Class.
The Court in charge of the cases is the United States District Court for the Central District of California, and the cases are known as In re: Hyundai and Kia Engine Litigation, No. 8:17-cv-00838-JLS-JDE and Flaherty v. Hyundai Motor Company, et al., No. 18-cv-02223 (C.D. Cal.). District Judge Josephine Staton is presiding over this class action.Back To Top
- Why is there a settlement?
The Class Representatives and Defendants agreed to a settlement to avoid the cost and risk of further litigation, including a potential trial, and so that the Class Members can get payments and other benefits, in exchange for releasing Defendants from liability. The Settlement does not mean that Defendants broke any laws and/or did anything wrong, and the Court did not decide which side was right.
The Class Representatives and Defendants entered into a Settlement Agreement that was preliminarily approved by the Court, which authorized the issuance of the notice. The Class Representatives and the lawyers representing them (called “Class Counsel”) believe that the Settlement is in the best interest of the Settlement Class Members.
This website and the Notice summarize the essential terms of the Settlement. The Settlement Agreement, along with all exhibits and addenda, set forth in greater detail the rights and obligations of all the Parties. If there is any conflict between this website, the Notice, and the Settlement Agreement, the Settlement Agreement governs.Back To Top
- How do I know if I am part of the Settlement?
Judge Staton decided that, for the purposes of this proposed Settlement, everyone who fits this description is covered by the Settlement:
All owners and lessees of a Class Vehicle who purchased or leased the Class Vehicle in the United States including those that were purchased while the owner was abroad on active U.S. military duty, but excluding those purchased in the U.S. territories and/or abroad.
However, the Class excludes all claims for death, personal injury, property damage, and subrogation. The Class also excludes:
- Hyundai Motor America (“HMA”), Hyundai Motor Company (“HMC”), KMC, and KMA;
- Any affiliate, parent, or subsidiary of Hyundai Motor America or Kia Motors America;
- Any entity in which HMA, HMC, KMC, or KMA has a controlling interest;
- Any officer, director, or employee of HMA, HMC, KMC, or KMA;
- Any successor or assign of HMA, HMC, KMC, or KMA;
- Any judge to whom this Action is assigned, his or her spouse, and all persons within the third degree of relationship to either of them, as well as the spouses of such persons;
- Individuals and/or entities who validly and timely opt-out of the Settlement;
- Consumers or businesses that have purchased Class Vehicles previously deemed a total loss (i.e., salvage) (subject to verification through Carfax or other means);
- Vehicle owners or lessees who rent or previously rented the Class Vehicle for the use of third parties;
- New and used motor vehicle dealerships engaged in the business of buying, selling, or dealing in motor vehicles;
- Banks, credit unions, or other lienholders; and
- Current or former owners of a Class Vehicle that previously released their claims against HMA, HMC, KMC, or KMA with respect to the same issues raised in this class action.
- Which vehicles are included?
The “Class Vehicles,” for the purposes of the description in FAQ 5, are 2011-2018 and certain 2019 model year Kia Optima, 2012-2019 model year Kia Sorento, and 2012-2018 and certain 2019 model year Kia Sportage vehicles equipped with 2.0 liter and 2.4 liter genuine Theta II gasoline direct injection engines within OEM specifications.Back To Top
- If I bought or leased a Class Vehicle that has not had problems, am I included?
Yes. You did NOT have to experience stalling, engine seizure, engine failure, or a vehicle fire to be included in this Settlement. If you still own or lease a Class Vehicle, you will be eligible to take advantage of the Settlement’s extension of the Powertrain Warranty to a Lifetime Warranty, as well as certain other benefits of the Settlement.Back To Top(Video) KIA ENGINE SETTLEMENT 2023! | HOW TO GET YOUR KIA ENGINE REPLACED IN 2023 | AVOID GETTING CHARGED!
- What if I am still not sure if I’m included?
If you are still not sure whether you are included, you can ask for free help. You can review the information listed on this website or call 1-888-952-4827 and ask whether your vehicle is included in the Settlement. Whether you review the website or call the toll-free number, you will need to have your Vehicle Identification Number (“VIN”) ready. The VIN is located on a small placard on the top of the dashboard and is visible through the driver’s side corner of the windshield. It also appears on your vehicle registration card and probably appears on your vehicle insurance card. Your VIN should have 17 characters, a combination of both letters and numbers.Back To Top
- What does the Settlement provide?
The Settlement provides the following benefits:
- Warranty Extension
- Reimbursement for Past Repairs
- Reimbursement for Rental Cars, Towing, Etc.
- Compensation If You Sold or Traded-In a Class Vehicle
- Compensation for Vehicle involved in Engine Fire
- Rebate Program
- Informational Pamphlet
1. Warranty Extension
The Powertrain Warranties for the Class Vehicles will be extended to a Lifetime Warranty for the engine short block assembly, to the extent it was not previously extended under a service campaign. The extension of the warranty will cover the short block assembly, consisting of the engine block, crankshaft and bearings, connecting rods and bearings, and pistons, in those Class Vehicles owned by individual consumers that have completed the knock sensor program software update. With the exception of cases of Exceptional Neglect (defined below) and subject to the existing terms, limitations, and condition of the Class Vehicles’ original Powertrain Warranty, the Lifetime Warranty shall otherwise endure for bearing wear or damage irrespective of the Class Vehicle’s mileage, duration of ownership, or prior warranty engine repairs and/or warranty replacements.
The extension of the warranty covers all costs of inspections and repairs including, parts, labor, and diagnosis, for the engine short block assembly. Class members are suggested to retain all vehicle maintenance records after August 18, 2020, and if Kia believes there to be Exceptional Neglect, such Class members may be required to provide records for vehicle maintenance performed after August 18, 2020 to receive Lifetime Warranty repairs.
The warranty extension may be denied for “Exceptional Neglect” of the vehicle, which means (a) when the vehicle clearly evidences a lack of maintenance or care for a significant period of time of not less than one (1) year, such that the vehicle appears dilapidated, abandoned, and/or beyond repair unless such lack of maintenance was due to a Loss Event, as defined in the Settlement Agreement; or (b) where a Class member has failed to have the KSDS (“Knock Sensor Detection Software”) installed in the vehicle pursuant to the KSDS Product Improvement Campaign by a Kia dealer.
Kia will provide a free recall inspection for up to 90 days after the Final Approval Order for any vehicle where recall inspections were not completed, regardless of current mileage or prior repairs.
Kia dealerships will provide a free loaner vehicle of comparable value if requested, until repairs are completed. If no loaner vehicle is available, Kia will provide full reimbursement of reasonable rental car expenses up to $40 per day. (See below for how to make a Claim for rental car reimbursements.)
You do NOT need to submit a Claim Form to receive this extension of the Powertrain Warranty for the engine short block assembly under this Settlement.
You must have the KSDS Product Improvement Campaign completed by a Kia Dealer to receive the Lifetime Warranty extension.
2. Reimbursement for Past Repairs
The deadline for this benefit passed on August 9, 2021.(Video) KIA ENGINE SETTLEMENT | HELPING PEOPLE #kia #recall #settlement
3. Reimbursement for Rental Cars, Towing, Etc.
You may receive full reimbursement of any towing expenses or other out-of-pocket expense reasonably related to obtaining a Qualifying Repair, and up to $40 per day for rental car expenses, based on the following requirements:
- The expense was reasonably related to obtaining one of the following Qualifying Repairs
- Any repair to the engine short block assembly, which includes the engine block, crankshaft and bearings, connecting rods and bearings, and pistons.
- Repairs to any other components (such as the long block assembly, battery, or starter) if paperwork shows the work was an attempt to address (i) engine seizure, (ii) engine stalling, (iii) engine noise, or (iv) illumination of the oil lamp. (Repair costs will not be reimbursed if the paperwork reflects that the repairs were plainly unrelated to the short block assembly.)
- It does not include repairs caused by a collision involving a Class Vehicle, unless the collision was directly caused by a Class Vehicle failure otherwise subject to a Qualifying Repair, such as an engine fire.
- You make a timely Claim within 90 days of (i) the date on which the expense was incurred or, (ii) the date the expense was paid, whichever is later. In order to file a new claim please visit Kia's site at https://ksupport.kiausa.com/ConsumerAffairs/Request/NewRequestThetaClass.
4. Compensation If You Sold or Traded-In a Class Vehicle
The deadline for this benefit passed on August 9, 2021.
5. Compensation for Vehicle involved in Engine Fire
If your Class Vehicle suffered an engine fire that would have otherwise been addressed by a Qualifying Repair that caused you to lose the vehicle because either the cost of the repair was too great or you had to dispose your vehicle at a loss, you may receive compensation for the value of the vehicle, and an additional $140 goodwill payment. You must make a timely claim within 90 days after the engine compartment fire occurred to be considered for this benefit.
The amount of compensation will be based on the maximum Black Book value of the vehicle, provided that you submit a Claim demonstrating the fire originated from the engine compartment and was unrelated to any sort of collision.
The vehicle’s maintenance history or lack thereof before the repair diagnosis will not be a basis for denying or limiting compensation under this section (excepting limited Exceptional Neglect circumstances). Exceptional Neglect means (a) when the vehicle clearly evidences a lack of maintenance or care for a significant period of time of not less than one (1) year, such that the vehicle appears dilapidated, abandoned, and/or beyond repair unless such lack of maintenance was due to a Loss Event, as defined in the Settlement Agreement; or (b) where a Class member has failed to have the KSDS (“Knock Sensor Detection Software”) installed in the vehicle pursuant to the KSDS Product Improvement Campaign by a Kia dealer within 60 days from Notice Date, or within 60 days of mailing of KSDS campaign notice, whichever is later.
To be considered for compensation, submit a claim using the Claim Form. In order to file a new claim please visit Kia's site at https://ksupport.kiausa.com/ConsumerAffairs/Request/NewRequestThetaClass. After you submit your Claim, you will be contacted and advised of the process for evaluation of your transaction and proposed compensation. If you are unhappy with the proposal, you can elect arbitration through the Better Business Bureau (“BBB”). Kia will pay for the BBB-Administered arbitration except in cases where an arbitrator determines the Claimant's claims were brought in bad faith.
6. Rebate Program
If you have lost faith in your Class Vehicle as a result of an engine failure or engine compartment fire and you purchase a replacement Kia vehicle you may be entitled to a rebate. You must complete the Claim Form to be entitled to any rebate, but may qualify for up to the following amounts: for model year 2011-2012 Class Vehicles $2,000; for model year 2013 and 2014 Class Vehicles $1,500; for model year 2015 and 2016 Class Vehicles: $1,000; and for model year 2017, 2018, and 2019 Class Vehicles $500. You must make a timely claim within 90 days of the engine failure or fire to be considered for this benefit.
7. Informational Pamphlet
The Settlement provides that KMA will distribute an informational pamphlet to Class Members that provides further recommended guidance on the maintenance of the engines in the Class Vehicles and that reminds Class Members of the available inspections and repairs.Back To Top
- How do I make a Claim?
In order to file a new claim please visit Kia's site at https://ksupport.kiausa.com/ConsumerAffairs/Request/NewRequestThetaClass.
Deadlines for certain benefits passed on August 9, 2021, but you may still seek reimbursement for other benefits. Please review the table below.
Claim Deadline Lifetime Warranty (upon completion of KSDS) N/A, Claim filing is not required for this Claim. Reimbursement for Past Repairs Passed. Reimbursement for rental car/towing/other costs associated with a Qualifying Repair Within 90 days of the date the expense is incurred or within 90 days of the date the expense is paid, whichever is later. Compensation for inconvenience due to repair delays Within 90 days of the date the repair is completed, whichever is later. Loss of Value for Sold or Traded-In Vehicles Passed. Loss of Vehicle by Engine Fire If engine compartment fire occurred after August 28, 2020, no later than 90 days after fire occurred. Rebate Program For Lost Faith of Vehicle If engine failure or fire occurred after August 28, 2020, no later than 90 days after engine failure or fire occurred.
- When would I get my reimbursement?
Payment for approved Claims will be mailed beginning August 10, 2021, per the terms of the Settlement. Payments for future eligible claims will be made on a rolling basis. Payments can only be distributed upon passing of the deadlines listed in the Initial Determination Notice or Final Determination Notice.
If your request for a Dealer Service Card was approved, Kia will provide the card separately to you. Please reach out to Kia Consumer Affairs directly for questions about the status of your Dealer Service Card.Back To Top(Video) KIA ENGINE SETTLEMENT 2020 PART 1 | #kia #recall #settlement
- What if my Claim is found to be deficient?
If a Claim is found to be deficient and is rejected during the review process, the Settlement Class Member will be notified of the deficiency. The Settlement Class Member will then have an opportunity to remedy the deficiency within 35 days of the notice.Back To Top
- How can I request arbitration if my Claim is denied?
In order to request BBB-administered arbitration, you must first have received a final determination that your Claim was denied. Your final determination letter will include information as to how to initiate the arbitration process, including how to request arbitration and where to send your request. Once Kia receives your request, the parties will have at least 30 days to attempt to resolve the matter before you may initiate your case with BBB National Programs. Arbitration fees will be paid by Kia, except in cases where the arbitrator determines the Class Member’s Claims were brought in bad faith. If you have any questions about the process, please contact email@example.com.Back To Top
- What am I giving up to stay in the Settlement Class?
Unless you exclude yourself in writing as described FAQ 15, you will be treated as part of the Settlement Class. That means that you can’t sue, continue to sue, or be part of any other lawsuit against KMC, KMA, or other related entities or individuals (as listed in the Settlement Agreement) about the legal issues in these cases if the Settlement is approved, including but not limited to claims of false advertising, deceptive practices, fraud, breach of implied or express warranties, lemon laws, unjust enrichment, strict product liability, and negligence. You will not be able to sue even on existing claims that you may already hold against KMC, KMA, or other related entities or individuals listed in the Settlement Agreement. It also means that all of the Court’s orders will applied to you and legally bind you.
However, nothing in this Settlement will prohibit you from pursuing claims for: (i) death; (ii) personal injury; (iii) damage to property other than to a Class Vehicle; (iv) subrogation; or (v) any and all claims that relate to something other than a Class Vehicle and the alleged defect here.
If you have any questions about the scope of the legal claims you give up by staying the Settlement Class, you may view Section VI of the Settlement Agreement, or you can contact the lawyers representing the Settlement Class, listed in FAQ 18, for free, or speak with your own lawyer at your own expense.Back To Top
- How do I get out of the Settlement?
The deadline to exclude yourself from the Settlement passed on October 30, 2020.Back To Top
- If I don’t exclude myself, can I sue for the same thing later?
No. Unless you excluded yourself (opt out), you gave up the right to sue KMC, KMA, and other related entities or individuals for the Claims that this Settlement resolves.
If you have a pending lawsuit against KMC, KMA, or related entities, speak to your lawyer in that lawsuit immediately. You must have excluded yourself from this Settlement Class to continue your own lawsuit if it concerns the same legal issues related to the Class Vehicles and the alleged defect in this case, even if it involves other causes of action, including but not limited to, false advertising, deceptive practices, fraud, breach of implied or express warranties, lemon laws, unjust enrichment, strict product liability, and negligence. The exclusion deadline was October 30, 2020.
If you are a Settlement Class Member and you did nothing, you remained a Settlement Class Member and all of the Court’s orders applied to you, you will be eligible for the Settlement benefits described above as long as you satisfy the conditions for receiving each benefit, and you will not be able to sue Defendants over the issues in this lawsuit.Back To Top
- If I exclude myself, can I get the benefits of this Settlement?
No. If you excluded yourself, do not send in a Claim Form to ask for any reimbursement. But, you may sue, continue to sue, or be part of a different lawsuit against KMC, KMA, and other related entities or individuals for the Claims that this Settlement resolves.Back To Top
- Do I have a lawyer in this case?
The Court has appointed Matthew D. Schelkopf of Sauder Schelkopf, Adam Gonnelli of The Sultzer Law Group, Steve Berman of Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP, and Bonner Walsh of Walsh PLLC to represent you and other Settlement Class Members. Together these lawyers are called Class Counsel. You will not be charged for these lawyers. If you want to be represented by your own lawyer, you may hire one at your own cost.
Matthew D. Schelkopf
1109 Lancaster Ave.
Berwyn, Pennsylvania 19312
Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP
1301 Second Ave.
Seattle, WA 98101
1561 Long Haul Rd.
Grangeville, ID 83530
PLEASE DO NOT SEND CLAIM FORMS TO THE ATTORNEYS LISTED ABOVE.Back To Top(Video) Don't Waste Your Money: Kia/Hyundai engine replacement
- How will the lawyers be paid and will the Settlement Class representatives receive service payments?
At a later date, Class Counsel will ask the Court for attorneys’ fees, expenses, and service payments to each of the named Settlement Class representatives, Cara Centko, Jenn Lazar, Christopher Stanczak, Rose Creps, James Kinnick, Wallace Coats, Maryanne Brogan, Andrea Smolek, Danny Dickerson, Robert Fockler, Amy Franklin, Donald House, Dave Loomis, Joseph McCallister, Arron Miller, Ricky Montoya, Lynn North, Mark Rice, Reid Schmitt, James Smith, and Chris Stackhouse. It will be up to the Court to decide whether Defendants will be ordered to pay any of those fees, expenses, and service payments. The Court may award less than the amounts requested by Class Counsel. Defendants will separately pay the fees and expenses and service payments that the Court awards. These amounts will not come out of the funds for payments to Settlement Class Members. Class Counsel will not seek more than $12,000,000.00 in fees and expenses or a service award exceeding $3,500 per named Settlement Class representative. Class Counsel will file their motion for attorneys’ fees and expenses by September 30, 2020. You may continue to check on the progress of Class Counsel’s request for attorneys’ fees, expense and service awards by visiting this website.
Defendants will also separately pay the costs to administer the Settlement. The payment of Settlement administration costs will not come out of the funds for payments to Settlement Class Members.Back To Top
- How do I tell the Court if I do not like the Settlement?
The deadline to object to the Settlement passed on October 30, 2020.Back To Top
- What is the difference between objecting and excluding?
Objecting is simply telling the Court that you don’t like something about the Settlement. You can object only if you stay in the Settlement Class. Excluding yourself is telling the Court that you do not want to be part of the Settlement Class and the Settlement. If you exclude yourself, you have no basis to object because the case no longer affects you.Back To Top
- When and where will the Court decide whether to approve the Settlement?
The Court granted final approval on May 10, 2021.Back To Top
- Do I have to come to the Fairness Hearing?
The Fairness Hearing was held on November 13, 2020.Back To Top
- May I speak at the Fairness Hearing?
The Fairness Hearing was held on November 13, 2020.Back To Top
- What happens if I do nothing at all?
If you do nothing, you’ll get no reimbursements from this Settlement, though you will be entitled to the benefits of the Lifetime Warranty (if you continue to own or lease your Class Vehicle). Unless you exclude yourself, you won’t be able to start a lawsuit, continue a lawsuit, or be part of any other lawsuit against KMC, KMA, or other related entities or individuals about the legal issues in this case, ever again.
However, even if you take no action, you will keep your right to sue Defendant for any other claims not resolved by the Settlement.Back To Top
- How do I get more information?
This website and the Notice summarize the proposed Settlement. More details are available in the Settlement Agreement and other court documents, which you can view on the Important Documents page, or all papers filed in this action are available online for review via the Public Access to Court Electronic Resources System (PACER) at https://pacer.uscourts.gov.
If you have further questions, you can contact KMA’s Claims Administrator via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, by phone at 1-855-951-0807 (Toll-Free), or write to them at Kia Claims Administrator, c/o Epiq, P.O. Box 3145, Portland, OR 97208-3145. You can also contact KMA at 1-888-952-4827 (Toll-Free) or contact Class Counsel as listed in FAQ 18.
Neither Defendants nor the Class Representatives make any representation regarding the tax effects, if any, of receiving any benefits under this Settlement. Consult your tax adviser for any tax questions you may have.
Other than a request to review the Court’s files at the Clerk of the Court’s Office, please do not contact the Clerk of the Court or the Judge with questions.Back To Top(Video) KIA ENGINE SETTLEMENT PART 11 | HELPING PEOPLE AND ANSWERING QUESTIONS #kiaenginesettlement #kia
Is Kia engine settlement real? ›
Hyundai and Kia have settled a class action lawsuit involving defects that caused, or could cause, engine failures and fires in several model year Santa Fe, Soul, Sportage, Sonata Hybrid, Sorento, Optima, Tucson, Elantra, Veloster, and Forte models.How long does it take to get Kia reimbursement? ›
Once you have registered for the program and visited your dealer for ownership and mileage verification, we expect you will receive compensation within fifteen business days.Can I sue Kia for engine failure? ›
The Kia engine failure class action settlement provides several forms of monetary and non-monetary benefits including warranty extensions, reimbursement for repairs and other costs, rebates, and other compensation.Will Kia replaced my engine? ›
Since the engines are flawed both Kia and Hyundai offer a free lifetime engine replacement warranty on affected vehicles, but only if you've completed the KSDS (knock sensor detection system) upgrade.Does Kia have a lifetime warranty on engines? ›
The lifetime warranty covers the short block assembly, consisting of the engine block, crankshaft and main bearings, connecting rods and connecting rod bearings, and pistons when damaged due to connecting rod bearing failure.How much are people getting for Kia settlement? ›
You must complete the Claim Form to be entitled to any rebate, but may qualify for up to the following amounts: for model year 2011-2012 Class Vehicles $2,000; for model year 2013 and 2014 Class Vehicles $1,500; for model year 2015 and 2016 Class Vehicles: $1,000; and for model year 2017, 2018, and 2019 Class Vehicles ...Which Kia models have engine problems? ›
According to Kia, there were issues with Kia Optimas made from 2011 to 2014, the Sorento from 2012-2014, and Sportages from 2011 to 2013. These particular examples of the Theta engine had issues with their engine bearings: They wore out quickly and caused a seized engine.How do I file a claim against Kia? ›
To file a new claim online, please visit Kia's website at https://ksupport.kiausa.com/ConsumerAffairs/Request/NewRequestThetaClass. You will be asked to provide contact information, information about your Class Vehicle including the VIN and mileage.How do I check the status of my Kia claim? ›
For all questions about claims or potential claims filed after November 30, 2021, contact Kia America online at https://ksupport.kiausa.com/ConsumerAffairs/Request/NewRequestThetaClass or via phone at 1-888-952-4827.What engine failure was Kia recalling? ›
Hyundai and Kia, among the world's top 10 automakers by vehicle sales, recalled nearly 1.7 million vehicles in 2015 and 2017 in one of their biggest recalls in the United States, citing a problem with their Theta GDI engine that raised the risk of crashes.
Which Kia engines are being recalled? ›
There have been more than 60 individual recalls involving Hyundai and Kia vehicle fires. Many of them are either related to problems with specific engines, which the automakers call Theta II, Nu GDI, and Gamma GDI.How much can you get for a car with engine problems? ›
The value of a vehicle with engine problems depends on numerous factors including the year, make, model, mileage, condition, location, and more. If your engine blows up on you and you want to sell it, we can pay anywhere from $500 to $10,000 or more depending on what kind of car you have.What is Kia doing about engine problems? ›
Over a million Kia and Hyundai models have been recalled to correct engine problems. These engines include the turbocharged 2.4 liter and 2.0-liter engines. The 2.0-liter engines recorded the highest frequency of non-crash fires, and the risk was higher for the aged vehicles.Will a dealership buy a car with a blown engine? ›
Dealerships will allow you to trade-in your car with its blown engine. They specialize in vehicles that are roadworthy and ready to be sold. An engineless car isn't their first choice, so they are likely to give you an extremely low offer.How does Kia engine warranty work? ›
Coverage for your Kia.
The Kia 10-year/100,000 mile warranty program* consists of: 10-year/100,000 mile limited powertrain warranty. 5-year/60,000 mile limited basic warranty. 5-year/100,000 mile limited anti-perforation warranty.
Let's get right to the chase: how long do Kias last? In the hands of a responsible owner, Kia vehicles are expected to last up to 200,000 miles. According to the accounts of owners who gave their Kias the much-needed TLC, they could get 200,000 to 250,000 miles and keep them on the road for a decade or more.How much does a new engine cost? ›
The cost of replacing or repairing an engine may vary depending on the engine type and the type of repair it requires. However, the average price of engine repairs can vary from $3000 to $4500. The price for new engines starts at approximately $4,000 for a 4-cylinder, $6000 for a V6, and $7,000 for a V8.What is the latest Kia lawsuit? ›
A city release states that from 2021 to 2022, thefts of Kia and Hyundai cars increased by 363% and 503%, respectively. The lawsuit alleges that Kia and Hyundai knew of the public safety concerns from the spike in thefts of their vehicles and that neither company took meaningful steps to address the problem.What is the recall on 17v 224 Kia? ›
"The remedy for the previous recall 17v224 may not have been properly performed in all cases by the Kia dealers," the plan said. "In some cases, the high pressure fuel pipe may have been damaged, misaligned or improperly torqued during the engine replacement procedure, allowing fuel to leak increasing the risk of fire.What are the current Kia lawsuits? ›
Kia Class Action Lawsuit Engine Failure
In 2021, a class action was launched against Kia due to defective “Theta” engines in some models of Kia cars. This included all models of Kia Sorento (2011-2018), Kia Sportage (2011-2018), and Kia Optima (2011-2018).
How much did the Kia engine recall cost? ›
That class action lawsuit over Hyundai and Kia's oil-swilling Theta GDI engines cost the company $2 billion in the third quarter of 2022 alone, the company announced Tuesday.What is the new Kia recall? ›
Kia America, Inc. (Kia) is recalling certain 2023 Telluride vehicles. Due to a manufacturing error, the wire harness for the second row seat side air bags may become damaged, causing them not to deploy in the event of a crash. Air bags that do not deploy as intended can increase the risk of injury in a crash.Why is Kia being sued? ›
Kia and Hyundai are the defendants in a new lawsuit with the City of Seattle, which filed a complaint in federal court against the companies for failing to install adequate anti-theft technology in some of their cars.Is there a recall on Kia Optima engines? ›
Fuel system, gasoline, engine
Recall no. Kia Motors America (Kia) is recalling certain 2011-2017 Optima, 2012-2017 Sorento and 2011-2018 Sportage vehicles that previously received an engine replacement under recall number 17V-224, warranty, or the Knock Sensor Detection System (KSDS) Product Improvement Campaign.
Kia Recall Contact Information
Owners may contact Kia customer service at 1-800-333-4542. Kia's number for this recall is SC226. Dealers will inspect the ACU. If the Airbag warning light is already illuminated, a dealer will replace the Airbag Control Unit with an "improved" unit.
A federal lawsuit has resulted in a settlement that will have Korean automakers Kia and Hyundai providing compensation or extended warranties for 3.1 million vehicles that are or were at risk of fire.What is the claim status? ›
A claim status transaction is used for: • An inquiry from a provider to a health plan about the status of a health. care claim. • A response from the health plan to a provider about the. status of a claim.How long does a Kia diagnostic take? ›
A standard diagnostic test can take about an hour to an hour and a half. Of course, more complicated issues that require further diagnosis and where components must be removed for access or testing can take 2-3 hours; depending on the severity of the issue or multiple underlying issues.Which Kia models have engine fires? ›
It's the second recall advisement by Kia for these type of Sportages – 2008 and 2009 models. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, fires in the Sportage vehicles can start while the engines are running or even when they're turned off.Does Kia pay for recalls? ›
To help keep your Kia operating at optimum performance levels, schedule a service appointment if your vehicle has any outstanding Safety Recalls. Your preferred Kia dealer will complete the repair free of charge.
Do all Kias have engine problems? ›
Kia models come with a variety of powerful engine options for you to choose from, but the reliability is questionable. Engine problems account for up to 35% of all Kia complaints filed with CarComplaints.com. Kia's Sorento, Optima, and Sportage account for the bulk of the problems.Do Kia GDI engines have problems? ›
Collectively, Hyundai and Kia have been dealing with issues with the Theta GDI engines for years now, in particular the 2.0-liter and 2.4-liter Theta II models. The problems largely center around manufacturing defects in the crankshafts.What are the symptoms of a blown engine? ›
- Knocking. If it's a knocking or thumping type of noise, chances are the rod bearings have worn out or they've gotten too loose. ...
- Squealing. ...
- Grinding. ...
- Blue Smoke. ...
- White Smoke. ...
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Sure. If you find a car dealer who can find value in broken-down cars, it may be possible to trade in your car with a blown engine. That's the simple answer.Is it worth buying a car with a replaced engine? ›
There's one major benefit of a car that's had an engine replacement: Assuming the engine was replaced with a new engine, or even merely a newer engine, it means the engine has less use than the car's original powerplant. That can be a good thing for long-term reliability.Can a Kia engine be rebuilt? ›
Engines, transmissions, starters, alternators, and air conditioning compressors are included in the list of available Kia authorized remanufactured components. These contain new internal Genuine Kia Parts so that a Kia remanufactured component is essentially almost completely brand new.What is the main problem with engine? ›
Inadequate fuel and air compression
Poor compression of both fuel and air inside a car engine is a recipe for disaster. The most common reasons for poor engine combustion is due to broken valve seals, holes within cylinders and overused piston rings, forcing air to leak out.
Insurance companies deem a vehicle a total loss when the cost of repairing the car is more than its actual cash value (ACV). A car can become totaled after an accident, a natural calamity, theft or even failure to change the oil regularly leads to complete engine failure.
If you have collision and comprehensive, then your vehicle may be covered if the engine is damaged in an accident or by an event outside of your control. A blown engine that's the result of a mechanical failure or wear and tear won't be covered by comprehensive or collision coverage.Can a blown engine be fixed? ›
If you do have a blown engine, whether or not it can be fixed depends upon the extensiveness of the damage. If the damage is minimal, and a few parts can be replaced, the problem can be fixed. However, if the damage is great and impossible to repair, you may need a complete engine replacement.
Is a new engine covered under warranty? ›
A powertrain warranty usually covers everything that is involved in the process of providing power to the wheels of your vehicle. This includes the most important and expensive parts of the vehicle: engine, driveshaft, and transmission.Does insurance pay for new car engine? ›
If you have comprehensive coverage and collision coverage, you're generally covered for engine repairs if the engine is damaged in an accident or due to an event outside of your control, such as a tree limb falling on your vehicle.Do replacement engines come with a warranty? ›
Typical terms are five years or 60,000 miles, but some manufacturers offer powertrain warranties that are as long as 10 years or 100,000 miles. An engine replacement is covered under a powertrain warranty.Does a new engine mean new mileage? ›
No. Replacing your engine does not, in fact, reset your car's mileage. Your car's odometer is not connected to its engine; it is, instead, connected to the front wheel hub.What does engine replacement include? ›
Rebuilding an engine typically involves: Removing the engine block and disassembling it. Cleaning and inspection to determine the condition of the engine. Replacing damaged parts with new or refurbished parts that meet OEM standards, including piston rings, bearings, gaskets, seals, and lubricants.Is it cheaper to rebuild or replace an engine? ›
A scheduled overhaul is almost always less expensive than a new engine. Rebuilding to repair is usually cheaper than buying a new engine, too. You may save up to half of the cost of a new engine by rebuilding.How do I increase my total loss settlement? ›
- Gather All Evidence and Documentation. ...
- Prepare a Thorough Counteroffer. ...
- Look for Comparable Values in Your Area. ...
- Get the Insurance Company's Offer in Writing. ...
- Make Your Counteroffer.
Key Takeaways. Insurance companies deem a vehicle a total loss when the cost of repairing the car is more than its actual cash value (ACV). A car can become totaled after an accident, a natural calamity, theft or even failure to change the oil regularly leads to complete engine failure.Should I get a car with the engine replaced? ›
There's one major benefit of a car that's had an engine replacement: Assuming the engine was replaced with a new engine, or even merely a newer engine, it means the engine has less use than the car's original powerplant. That can be a good thing for long-term reliability.Which Kia engines are recalled? ›
There have been more than 60 individual recalls involving Hyundai and Kia vehicle fires. Many of them are either related to problems with specific engines, which the automakers call Theta II, Nu GDI, and Gamma GDI.
What year Kias have engine problems? ›
Hyundai and Kia, among the world's top 10 automakers by vehicle sales, recalled nearly 1.7 million vehicles in 2015 and 2017 in one of their biggest recalls in the United States, citing a problem with their Theta GDI engine that raised the risk of crashes.Which Kia models are being recalled? ›
Kia Motors, Inc. (Kia) is recalling certain 2021-2022 Sorento and 2021-2023 K5 vehicles. The vehicle's “fail-safe” limited-mobility drive mode may be impaired, when prompted by a transmission oil pump malfunction, which can result in a complete loss of drive power. Loss of drive power increases the risk of a crash.How long does it take to get a replacement engine? ›
Engine replacement normally requires between 8 and 15 hours. However, for a well-versed mechanic, it could take 5-6 hours to replace a simple gas or diesel engine. Hybrid cars and trucks can take longer, usually 8-12 hours.Is it better to replace engine or buy new car? ›
Needed Upgrades: If you are seeking an upgraded space or new features, a vehicle replacement might be the right option for you. Higher budget: While engine replacement is costly, it is often much cheaper than a new vehicle. If you have a larger budget to spend on your vehicle, you might consider opting for a new car.What else should I replace when replacing an engine? ›
Debris left over in the engine oil cooling system can damage your replacement engine. Don't forget to replace the engine oil cooler and flush those cooler lines. Replace belts, hoses, clamps spark plugs and thermostat. They don't last forever.