Hyundai and Kia cars in Australia are under investigation for fires and engine failures

Hyundai and Kia owners in Australia who have experienced engine fires, engine crackling and premature wear are urged to register their details online for a possible class action.


Kia and Hyundai petrol vehicles – which could number in the hundreds of thousands – are under the spotlight in Australia for possible major engine failures that could lead to a fire.

And the investigation could lead to a major class action lawsuit.



The possible class action comes after Hyundai and Kia published recalls for nearly 425,000 vehicles in the United States for faults related to internal engine components that could cause a fire.

In the United States, the recalls resulted in a $1.3 billion settlement against Hyundai and Kia, stemming from class action lawsuits that date back to 2017.

Charles Bannister – director of Bannister Law – said Seven news: “You don’t get a billion dollar settlement – the highest penalty in the United States – for a baseless opportunistic claim.”



However, it is not yet clear if these engines used in Hyundai and Kia cars sold in Australia are identical to those in other markets.

More specifically, the problems are associated with engine components such as connecting rods and bearings, which can be affected by premature wear.



According to the Bannister’s Law, premature wear can lead to problems such as shaking, knocking, engine stalling or engine failure or, in extreme cases, fire.

Kia and Hyundai’s potential class action lawsuit in Australia also comes after a 2021 Hyundai Tucson recall over a fire hazard. More than 93,000 vehicles were affected by this recall, which was also announced by a larger recall in the United States.



A Hyundai Australia spokesperson said Conduct“A recall of a Hyundai vehicle in a foreign country does not necessarily mean that Hyundai vehicles in Australia are also affected by the same issue.

“We are aware of the class action investigation and note that no proceedings have been filed. In the meantime, we continue to resolve all owner issues as quickly as possible, whether or not they are related to recalls.

Concerned Hyundai owners can get more information from the manufacturer on this linkwhile Kia owners can get more information on this link.



Ashlee is a support services worker from the NSW area and has owned her 2016 Hyundai Tucson Active X since new and has done 100,000km so far.

Ashlee said Conduct she refuses to drive her Hyundai after experiencing engine stalls, knocks and jerks, as well as high levels of oil consumption and intermittent warning lights.

His vehicle is currently booked for an inspection at his local Hyundai dealership, after previous diagnostic attempts failed.

Michelle Rice, an education worker in South Australia is the second owner of a 2017 Hyundai Tucson.

Michelle said Conduct she heard a knocking noise from the engine two weeks after the warranty expired. The engine was found to be low on oil and Michelle received a quote for $10,500 to replace the engine.

Michelle said Conduct Hyundai opted not to replace the engine – diagnosed as having a worn bearing – free of charge because the log book indicated that the vehicle had missed one of its scheduled 125,000 km services.



Michelle has been without a car for two weeks, pending the installation of a used engine.

Kia and Hyundai Engine Failure Symptoms

According to Bannister Law, the following symptoms in Kia and Hyundai vehicles equipped with four-cylinder gasoline engines with a capacity of 1.6 to 2.4 liters could indicate a major fault:

– shivering
– knocks, clicks or other abnormal noises (probably vary with the revs of the car)
– engine seizure
– stall or stop suddenly
– reduced potency or hesitation
– lighting of the ‘check engine’ or ‘engine oil pressure’ warning light
– burning smell, oil leaks, smoke
– Fire
– reports from mechanics of problems with lack of oil, worn bearings and/or metal debris or filings in the engine oil
– repair, replacement or update of the knock sensor software

List of potentially affected Hyundai and Kia vehicles in Australia

Kia Sorento
Kia Optima
Kia Sportage
Kia Stinger
Hyundai i30
Hyundai Santa Fe
Hyundai Sonata
Hyundai Tucson
Hyundai iLoad
hyundai ix35
Kia Soul
Kia Cerato
Hyundai Veloster
Accent Hyundai
Kia Pro_cee’d
Kia Rio

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