At a breakfast get together today, one of my friends related that he recently got a new engine for his 6-year old Hyundai provided and installed for free by a nearby Hyundai dealership. As the original owner he did not receive any recall notices from Hyundai. What happened recently was that someone tried to steal his two parked cars on his residential street and damaged the driver side front door locks. His outdoor security camera recording showed at 2 a.m. a vehicle driving slowly by his two parked vehicles (Honda and Hyundai) and returned and stopped when two occupants jumped out and tried but failed force entry into both cars. When he took his car for a repair cost estimate, the Hyundai dealership noticed his vehicle’s old engine, ran the VIN number and told my friend that his model qualified for a free new engine. When he brought the car in for a new engine, the dealership provided him a loaner car for free - a late model Hyundai electric vehicle which he immensely enjoyed driving, but was turned off by the $50 K plus price tag. Also liked me, he does not believe that California’s currently woefully deficient electrical grid system will not be upgraded in time to fully service the California Air Resources Board’s aggressive Advanced Clean Cars II rule that sets California on a path to rapidly growing the zero-emission car, pickup truck and SUV market and deliver cleaner air and massive reductions in climate-warming pollution. The rule establishes a year-by-year roadmap so that by 2035 100% of new cars and light trucks sold in California will be zero-emission vehicles, including plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.
For those unaware like my friend, here are recent Hyundai and Kia recall info and updates.
New Hyundai, Kia Engine Failure Settlement Covers 2.1M Additional Vehicles [UPDATE]
Published on February 13, 2023/Last Updated on June 23, 2023
While the previous settlement covered vehicles equipped with Theta II gasoline direct injection (GDI) engines, the more recent deal aims to resolve several cases that claimed the automakers’ Theta II 2.4-liter multipoint fuel injection (MPI), 1.6-liter Gamma GDI and 2.0-liter Nu GDI engines are plagued by the same defect, which can allegedly cause engine seizures, failures and even fires.
Certain Hyundai Santa Fe, Sonata Hybrid, Tucson, Elantra and Veloster vehicles and Kia Forte, Optima Hybrid, Sorento, Soul and Sportage vehicles with these engines will be covered.
The sprawling 143-page settlement, which received preliminary approval on February 8, will provide nine categories of relief for consumers, including an extended warranty, reimbursement for repairs and out-of-pocket expenses, goodwill payments, a rebate and even compensation for vehicles that were destroyed by fire or sold or traded in because of an engine failure.
And if you’re a second owner of eligible Hyundai and Kia vehicle models, you should read this heads up article:
If you drive a Kia or Hyundai you may be one of the thousands of drivers eligible for a limited lifetime warranty for a free engine replacement on your car, but there’s a catch.
A little-known loophole is preventing many second owners from cashing in on the warranty and it could cost you thousands.