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Court Agrees Soy-Based Materials Defect Class Action Against Kia Should Proceed

On November 9, 2016, U.S. District Court Judge Cormac J. Carney refused to dismiss a putative class action brought by Goldenberg Schneider against Kia Motors America, Inc. (“Kia”) on behalf of owners and lessors of 2012-2016 Kia vehicles containing soy-based materials such as wiring and related engine components.  The Complaint seeks to certify a class of Illinois vehicle owners/lessees and alleges that 2012-2016 Kia Soul, Sorrento, Sedona, Sportage, Forte, Cadenza, Optima and Rio vehicles contain defective soy-based materials that attract rodents.  As a result, rodents repeatedly chew through the soy-based materials, causing considerable damage and very expensive repairs – often costing many thousands of dollars.  In denying Kia’s motion to dismiss, the court determined that the complaint states viable claims for breach of express warranty, declaratory judgment, breach of implied warranty, violation of the Illinois Consumer Fraud and Uniform Deceptive Trade Practices Act, and violation of the Magnuson-Moss Act.  The case is currently pending before Judge Carney in the United District Court for the Central District of California.

If you or anyone you know purchased or leased a 2012-2016 Kia vehicle (in any U.S. state) and would like additional information about your legal rights, we would be pleased to discuss the matter with you.  You can contact the attorneys at Goldenberg Schneider, LPA by calling (513) 345-8291 or sending an email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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