(CMR) People who drive a Hyundai or Kia may be eligible for a free replacement engine under a recent class action settlement; however, many car owners are unaware and are paying big bucks to have their engines repaired or replaced.
Vehicles that may be covered by the settlement include many of the 2011 to 2019 models with a “Theta” engine: Hyundai Sonata, Hyundai Santa Fe Sport, Hyundai Tucson, Kia Optima, Kia Sportage, and Kia Sorento b.
A Kia spokesman told ABC Action News that customers could learn more about whether their car might qualify at the official Kia Engine Settlement webpage. Hyundai owners can know more about whether they may be eligible at the Hyundai Warranty Extension webpage.
“There are a lot of people, especially people who are second and third owners of vehicles with those engines, who just don't know that they are part of that warranty extension,” Kevin Williams of the auto site “The Drive.Com,” said.
People are encouraged not to go to their neighborhood mechanic if they experience engine problems but to instead call their local Hyundai or Kia service department with their vehicle's VIN. The company will be able to tell if they may qualify for the warranty extension.