Does recent recall prove certain Kia, Hyundai models are lemons?

Buying or leasing a vehicle can be an exciting experience. However, many new vehicles can begin to show serious issues before owners even finish making their payments. As a result, California vehicle owners may find out that they have purchased lemons and could find it useful to explore their legal options.

In particular, some state residents could be affected by a recent recall from Kia Motors Corps. and its affiliate Hyundai Motor Co. According to reports, various models of their vehicles have the potential of catching on fire. In fact, 18 injuries have affected vehicle users after fires have erupted from these makes. Several examples of these events were given in the report, including third-degree burns suffered by one person while trying to exit a Kia Optima and another person who had to jump from his moving Kia Sorento after the brakes failed while the vehicle was on fire. In another example, a driver was able to exit his Hyundai Sonata before the flaming vehicle exploded.

The recent recall affects approximately 500,000 vehicles that pose risks for engine fires. The vehicles being recalled include 2012-2016 Kia Souls, 2011-2013 Hyundai Tucsons, 2011-2012 Kia Sportages and 2015-2018 Kia Sedonas. Kia is encouraging vehicle owners to act upon recalls as soon as possible.

Having a vehicle that poses such a serious threat to driver and passenger safety is immensely concerning. California residents who have been affected by this recall or other issues with their vehicles may want to determine whether they have reason to file a claim under state lemon laws. Purchasing lemons can not only be frustrating but also dangerous, and it is wise to gain as much information as possible on legal options.