Kia, Hyundai agree to settle class action lawsuits over engine fires
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ORLANDO, Fla. —
Kia and Hyundai announced Friday that they have agreed to settle class action lawsuits over engine fires.
The settlement could give more than $760 million to Americans who own certain models of Hyundai and Kia vehicles.
Vehicles in the settlement include 2.3 million Hyundai (2011-2019 Sonata, 2013-2018 Santa Fe Sports, 2019 Santa Fe, and 2014, 2015, 2018, and 2019 Tucson) and 1.8 million Kia (2011-2019 model year Sportages, Sorentos and Optimas) vehicles with 2.0-liter and 2.4-liter GDI engines.
The U.S. government first caught wind in 2016 of problems that could lead to spontaneous engine fires in some Kia and Hyundai vehicles. WESH 2 News Investigates has covered Kia and Hyundai fires across Central Florida with dozens of reports since the spring of 2018.
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