Hyundai and Kia Set to Fix Engine Problem Affecting Millions

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Hyundai and Kia Set to Fix Engine Problem Affecting Millions

Hyundai and sister company Kia are going to fix an engine problem affecting roughly 1.5 million cars. The 2.4-liter naturally aspirated GDI and 2.0-liter T-GDI are the main culprits, engines that equip 2011 to 2014 models from both South Korean automakers.

The problem, as it happens, has been labeled as a machining error during the engine production. The error, Hyundai and Kia note, “may cause premature bearing wear within the engine.” The condition may happen as a result of metal debris that wasn’t completely removed from the crankshaft’s oil passages during the cleaning process. What’s more, it appears that the crankpins were produced with uneven surface roughness.

The first sign the engine may be on its way to seize is a knocking noise coming from the prematurely worn connecting rod bearing. Left as is, the problem may lead to engine stalling at high speed, which increases the risk of a crash.

Of the 1.48 million vehicles included in this recall, 1.19 million were sold in the United States, and another 114,187 are located in Canada. Hyundai's recall campaign is programmed to begin on May 25, 2017, with Kia to follow six days later. Today’s news comes just after Hyundai announced a major operation in March. Affecting vehicles produced from 2011 to 2015, roughly one million Sonata sedans are to have their seat belt linkages inspected. One year before this campaign, the U.S.-spec Sonata was serviced for a circuit board-related problem with the power steering.

If you have a question regarding your Hyundai vehicle, you should call the experienced lemon law attorneys at Krohn & Moss, Ltd. Consumer Law Center ®. Our lemon law attorneys will take time to talk to you about your rights and will let you know if they can help. Visit or call 1-800-US-LEMON to submit your information to see if we can help.