Lawsuit Investigation for Hyundai Paint Problems

September 29, 2015

Important Information: Hyundai Paint Class Action Dismissed

Attorneys working with ClassAction.org are no longer reviewing claims involving peeling paint on Hyundai vehicles. The proposed class action claiming that Hyundai sold cars with defective paint has been dismissed. Read on to find out why.

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At A Glance

What’s Going On?
On August 21, 2017, a California federal judge dismissed a proposed class action claiming that the paint on certain Hyundai vehicles (2006-2016 Santa Fes, Sonatas and Elantras) would start to peel too soon after the cars were purchased.
Why Was the Lawsuit Dismissed?
When it comes down to it, the court simply found Hyundai’s claim that its paint would “stand the test of time,” was more puffery than promise – especially since the cars came with a three-year, 36,000-mile warranty. Backing this up, the dismissal notice said, was the fact that most people’s paint peeled after the warranty period had expired – and that paint shouldn’t be expected to last forever.
Anything Else?
The court also said that the plaintiffs failed (on several occasions) to provide proof that Hyundai knew about the “defect,” attempted to conceal the problem, and refused to provide compensation for those who bought the affected vehicles.
What’s Next?
This case has been dismissed with prejudice – meaning that it can’t be refiled after changes are made to the complaint – so it looks like this is the end of any hopes for a class action. Though to be fair, the case was already on its last legs when a similar complaint was dismissed back in April 2017.
Isn’t There Anything I Can Do?
Unfortunately, there are only a couple of options left for anyone affected by the peeling paint problem. You could either speak with an attorney to find out if an individual lawsuit would be a viable option, or you could take the matter to the manufacturer – where hopefully a warranty will have you covered.