Customers allege Hyundai, Kia sold defective vehicles

By Robbie Hargett | Apr 4, 2016

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) - Seven customers are suing Hyundai and Kia, alleging their vehicles are defective.

Michelle Resnick, Shelby Cramer, Lauren Freed, Paul Sandlin, Patricia Reynolds, Christopher Baker, and Tara Mulrey, individually and for all others similarly situated, filed a class action lawsuit March 30 in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California against Hyundai Motor America, Kia Motors America, et al., alleging breach of express and implied warranties, negligent misrepresentation, fraudulent concealment, unjust enrichment, violation of California's Consumer Legal Remedies Act, violation of California's Business and Professions Code, and violations of unfair and deceptive trade practices acts in several states.


The suit alleges 2006-2016 Hyundai Santa Fe, Sonata, and Elantra vehicles contain an identical and inherent defect in the vehicles' paint. The complaint states the defect causes the paint to bubble, peel and flake off the vehicle, and it can lead to rusting and corrosion.

The owners of these vehicles then must either live with these problems or spend significant money to repair and repaint the vehicles, the lawsuit states.


The plaintiffs and other class members seek a jury trial, actual and exemplary damages, restitution and disgorgement, injunctive and declaratory relief, interest, attorney fees and costs of the suit. They are represented by attorneys Richard D. McCune, David C. Wright and Jae K. Kim of McCune Wright in Redlands, California, John A. Yanchunis, Marcio W. Valladares and Patrick A. Barthle II of Morgan & Morgan Complex Litigation Group in Tampa, Gregory F. Coleman and Lisa A. White of Greg Coleman Law in Knoxville, Tennessee, and Jean Sutton Martin of the Law Office of Jean Sutton Martin in Wilmington, North Carolina.

U.S. District Court for the Central District of California Case number 8:16-CV-00593-BRO-PJW

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