Further investigations are unfolding about the engine stalling problems in some Hyundai and Kia vehicles. The Marietta Times is reporting that the US government wants to see if Hyundai and Kia acted fast enough to fix the problem.
Nearly half a million vehicles were recalled in 2015 due to an engine defect that could cause the affected cars to stall on the roadway due to debris in the engine block. Owners of affected vehicles reported that the heard a knocking sound from the engine that increased in tempo as the car sped up. The only fix for the problem is a complete replacement of the engine block.
Last March, the automakers recalled an additional 1.2 million vehicles with the same problem. This is what triggered the government to perform their investigation. It is possible that the government could levy fines or issue additional recalls if they determine that Kia and Hyundai have been too slow in addressing the matter.
Thankfully, no crashes or injuries have been reported from this issue, but it is a serious problem nevertheless. We expect that the products we buy to not have a manufacturing defect. These engine problems require extensive and expensive repairs.
If you are the owner of one of the affected vehicles, see your dealer immediately to fix the problem. If you believe that the engine problem caused a crash or an injury, call John Foy & Associates immediately for a consultation.