Kia Sorento Defective Parts Consumer Fraud Class Action Lawsuit


New York, NY: Kia Motors is facing a consumer fraud class action lawsuit over allegations that its Sorento model is prone to catastrophic engine failure.

The lawsuit, entitled Robinson et al v. Kia Motors America Inc. et al., Case No. 13-cv-00006 U.S. district Court for the District of New Jersey, claims that Kia Motors knowingly concealed a manufacturing defect in the crank sprocket of its 2002-2009 Sorento models. This alleged engine defect can lead to a catastrophic chain of events beginning with severe heat buildup, the release of debris, and subsequent loss of steering control, engine failure and the potential for a hazardous accident, the plaintiffs allege.

“Not only did Kia actively conceal the material fact that this particular component is defectively designed (and requires costly repairs to fix), but it also did not reveal that the existence of this defect would diminish the intrinsic resale value of the vehicle,” the lawsuit states.

The plaintiffs further claim that Kia motors has been aware of the engine defect for several years, as evidenced by numerous online complaints, but has withheld this information from consumers while making numerous statements about the quality and reliability of the Sorento. As a result of Kia’s “scheme of false and misleading advertising and marketing” thousands of people have purchased a Sorento, without knowledge of the defect, in preference to another vehicle without the alleged defect.

The lawsuit also allege that Kia Sorento owners who sought repairs for their vehicles while under warranty received only temporary repair of damaged parts, which may have included using similarly defective parts.

Additionally, the plaintiffs claim that Kia profits from the alleged Sorento engine defect by performing unnecessary parts replacements, computer reprogramming and software updates, despite knowing the true cause of the problem.

The lawsuit seeks to represent a nationwide class of consumers that purchased or leased the first generation Sorento. It is seeking damages, injunctive relief, including a recall to repair the alleged defect, and more for alleged breach of warranties, breach of contract, negligence and violations of the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act and the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act. The plaintiffs are represented by the Law Office of Schmuel Klein PC.

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Last updated January 8 2013

Reader Comments

Posted by
Glenda Simpson
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I brought a brand new 2012 Kia Sorento. It has always been serviced at Peak Kia North in Windsor CO. The last time it was taken in was Tue Aug 9th for oil change and they performed 43k services mile. Nothing was ever mentioned about any problems of my SUV. I left with my 7 yr old son and 18yr old daughter Fri 12th to head to Phoenix AZ to drop my daughter off to college. 1hr before I reached Phoenix on I17 my SUV starts acting up. I had it on cruise control at 81 miles hr in left hand lane. I heard a rattling sound, then my cruise control clicked off by itself. I had no acceleration power and it was hard to steer, the lights on dashboard all lit up. I try to hurry over to the side of highway I17 as traffic is bearing down on us. I just get over before it shuts off completely. I get it towed to Peroia Kia in Phoenix and after waiting 3 hrs on Sat 13th they tell me my engine is gone, will take a week to get here but it's covered with my warranty. As of right now I don't have my car, stranded in Phoenix AZ while paying for food, car rental and hotel.and they can't say when the engine will arrive. The consumer affairs said they only able to repay you up to $100/day for 3 days but if they can't even get the engine here in 7 days...... kia does not main leaving you homeless and penniless. Do NOT buy from them as they do NOT stand behind their vehicles or care about their customers!

Posted by
Kayla
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2006 kia sorento $3500 new engine 12/23/2015 3 months later $2,995 kia dealership replaces spark plus timing belt coils wires fuel line and cam shaft only to have them tell me that I have to have the vehicle towed back to the engine replacement location whereupon arrival they tell me my warranty is no longer good due to the error of the kia dealers as they cross bred something that voids my warranty. not to mention in 2015 i spent at least $1,200 in repairs for the drive shaft. Although, my 2006 vehicle is clearly not worth have as much ...it would not be so bad if it was actually fixed. Instead, it sits at the shop as I come up with a decision or more money and a college student (myself) has spent over $7,000 on a car and still has to find a way to get to class or walk.

Posted by
John Holmes
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I bought a 2004 Kia Sorento for my wife and all we have had is problems with it. The first thing was the Timing Chain went after 50 thousand miles, the next was front end Ball Joints after 60 thousand miles, after that the main Head gasket started leaking oil. The most recent problem is, it will shut off while driving it and now it wont stay running, so with that, it lives in my driveway as reminder not to ever buy another KIA !!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by
Kim Poole
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2005 Sorento. Sitting in my driveway. Third time the bolt has caused problems. It's "fixed" but I don't drive it for fear of a fourth event. Fortunately I was driving low speed when they broke, but I had just returned from an out of state trip and shudder to think what a failure on the interstate would have been like.

Posted by
Tim Cayer
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2008 KIA Sorento 100k broken crank bolt.

Posted by
l.d. christie
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IM SITTING WITH NO WAY OF GOING TO WORK,A PAid for 2003 kia sorento,crankshaft bolt backed out lost power steering i read now that this is a manufacturing problem and kia wont back it up,even if i temp fix it it wont last and would be unsafe to drivee very far,this unjust andd the company should be responsible for there manufacturing malfunction,it should have never passed specs to be sold,,,,,,,,,,,,

Posted by
Martina sims
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I drive a Kia sorrento 2007 can I claim anything

Posted by
nakiescha Tonia
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Crankshaft bolt has snapped and another bolt is bent. Lost control of the truck as I was not able to turn the car properly and landed in a ditch since the wheel locked up on me turning. Mechanic advised me it would be cheaper to replace the motor rather than getting the crankshaft fixed because the defect was in the truck itself and problem could persist. 2004 Sorento and not even 80,000 miles

Posted by
Cynthia Tyler
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Per the Kia dealership my $3000+ current repairs were caused by a crank shaft bolt that caused major issues and required replacement of the crank shaft, belts, radiator, etc. While driving my my brake and battery lights went on and then I lost my power steering. The car had to be towed to dealership and I was without the car for over a week. I have service contract on this recently purchased used 2004 Sorento but it would not cover the repairs because it was caused by a bolt.

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