Several car companies have been taking hits in the courts of law recently. General Motors is in the middle of litigation pertaining to faulty ignition switches. In addition, Hyundai and Kia have reached preliminary settlements related to lawsuits over misstated fuel-economy figures for certain car models from 2011-2013.
For a full list of affected models, you can visit https://kiampginfo.com/overview/affected-models (Kia) and https://hyundaimpginfo.com/customerinfo/affected-models (Hyundai).
According to Automobile Magazine, the two settlements would total approximately $395 million. If approved, individuals would receive slightly over $700 under the gas improvement program.
In a stroke of good luck for General Motors, a federal judge ruled that the company could not be sued over death and injury claims related to defective ignition switches. The reasoning behind this is because the 2009 government takeover shields them from liability pertaining to previous actions.
Even though GM setup a victims’ compensation fund, this was a big blow to the victims and their families who were in the process of pursuing justice. The plaintiffs may still have a shot depending on what happens in appeals court.
Written by Lulaine Compere