Kia Sorento Defective Automotive Class Action Settlement Reached

This is a settlement for the Kia Sorento Defective Parts Consumer Fraud Class Action Lawsuit lawsuit.

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Santa Clara, CA: A proposed settlement has been reached in a defective automotive class action lawsuit pending against Kia Motors alleging that its Sorento model is prone to catastrophic engine failure.

Specifically, the lawsuit, known as Yvonne Robinson et. al., v. Kia Motors America, Inc. et. al., alleges that some 2003 to 2006 model year Kia Sorento vehicles with 3.5 liter engines were equipped with a defective crankshaft pulley bolt that, under certain conditions, could result in the bolt breaking. Those vehicles are referred to as the “Class Vehicles”. KMA has not been found liable for any of the claims alleged in this lawsuit. The parties have instead reached a voluntary settlement in order to avoid a lengthy litigation.

Under the proposed Settlement, and subject to proof and certain limitations, KMA will provide certain financial and/or other benefits to Class Members for past and future crankshaft pulley bolt repairs in Class Vehicles.

Purchasers of the 2003-2006 Kia Sorento automobile now have the opportunity to be reimbursed for their expenses if their crank shaft bolt snapped and caused additional engine damage. Part of the settlement includes the opportunity for new and used car purchasers of the 2003-2006 Kia Sorento to submit a claim for reimbursement up to $4,900.00.

Kia Motors Company produced over 200,000 Kia Sorentos and current and prior owners and lessees of Class Vehicles, known as “Class Members”, may be entitled to compensation if they submit valid and timely claims that are approved, and provided the settlement agreement receives final court approval.

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I have a 2015 Kia Sorento, my car has done same thing as many of these complaints.
I was driving on freeway and without warning my car stop accelerating and slowed down. I was able to avoid any accidents, and was able to exit and drive to the closets mechanic, luckily.
The technician checked and saw there was very little oil. He drained the oil and less than half quart came out. I was amazed, since I had taken my car to dealership every time for any thing.
From oil change to recall (which I just went one month before the car seized). The technician put in 6 quarts of oil, and I was able to drive home. The next day to pick up my daughter the car again stop accelerating, and was able to avoid any accidents. Was able to pull into a residential area to park. After that the car wouldn't start. Towed the car to the same dealership that I've taken it to since 2015. After 2weeks the warranty wanted me to do an
"engine strip down", and been waiting.

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I have a 2003 Kia Sorento 3.5L with 100,000 miles. I just had the engine rebuilt because a piece of the crumbling timing belt covers got between the crankshaft pulley and the belt causing the timing to jump and destroy the engine. These are plastic parts which cannot take under hood heat. They are also not listed in the maintenance schedule as a part that needs to be replaced.

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I am on my 3rd engine and second crank bolt issue with my 2003

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I own a 2006 Kia Sorento and the Crank Shaft pulley bolt broke I had it repaired and now I need a new engine which cost $3,500

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