Hyundai Motor America is in the crosshairs of a proposed class action filed over an alleged powertrain defect found in the company’s 2017 Santa Fe vehicles. According to the 57-page complaint, the defect can cause, among other issues, significantly delayed acceleration, loss of power, and/or rough shifting during the course of normal operation.
The lawsuit says owners of the affected vehicle models have reported delays in the class vehicles’ response to drivers’ attempts to accelerate from a stop and/or while cruising in situations that require the vehicles to be able to accelerate rapidly, such as merging onto a highway or changing lanes. Other owners, the case goes on, have reported “jerking, lurching, and/or engine revving” they believe are related to the vehicles’ delayed acceleration problem.
The plaintiff, a California resident, claims Hyundai was aware its 2017 Santa Fe vehicles were defective yet chose to conceal from consumers the nature of the powertrain defect. Despite plenty of evidence to the defect’s existence, the lawsuit continues, Hyundai, to date, has not recalled the class vehicles, nor offered proposed class members suitable repairs or reimbursements.