LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) — Three consumers have filed a class action lawsuit against Kia Motors, alleging breach of warranty, design defect, negligence and product liability.
Darla Campbell of California, Tristin Hibler of Texas and Michael Leppert of New Jersey filed a complaint, individually and on behalf of all others similarly situated July 24 in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California against Kia Motors America, Inc. and Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia, alleging they manufactured their vehicles that contain soy-based materials that attract vermin.
According to the complaint, the plaintiffs suffered damages from having their claims for coverage denied which resulted in them paying to have the wiring replaced.
The plaintiffs allege Kia used a soy-based material for the wiring of their vehicles and this attracts vermin to chew through wiring and engine components in their vehicles, causing faulty wiring. The suit says repair costs ran from $294.25 to $2,660.27
The plaintiffs seek trial by jury, declare the soy-based material defect is covered by their warranty, injunctivie relief, restitution and disgorgement, compensatory damages, actual and statutory damages, interest, all legal fees and all other relief the court deems just. Their legal team includes attorneys Kolin C. Tang of Shepherd, Finkelman, Miller & Shah, LLP in Los Angeles and by James C. Shah of Shepherd, Finkelman, Miller & Shah in Media, Pennsylvania.
U.S. District Court for the Central District of California case number 8:17-cv-01272-CJC-DFM