Lawsuit Filed Over Ease of Hyundai, Kia Vehicle Thefts
It reportedly takes less than a minute to steal certain Hyundai and Kia models, and now a lawsuit has been filed on behalf of drivers. Attorneys working with ClassAction.org still need to speak with individuals who own these cars, though – so if you drive a Hyundai or Kia, be sure to check out our first story. Continuing with car troubles, we’re taking a look at an investigation into a potential defect plaguing certain Jeep Cherokees’ electronic parking brakes that may be causing them to engage while the vehicles are in motion.
Taking a step away from auto trouble, we have two more investigations for you in this issue. Attorneys are looking into reports that certain dry shampoo brands contain the harmful chemical benzene and are also investigating the privacy practices of EverydayHealth.com, which may be sharing its subscribers’ medical information with Meta. Keep reading for more information on these investigations and how lawsuits have the potential to help.
Car thefts are on the rise in some parts of the country – and that’s especially true for certain Hyundai and Kia models afflicted by a security flaw, a recently filed lawsuit says. The proposed class action claims that a defect is making the vehicles a little too easy to operate without a key, leading to a serious spike in reported thefts. Specifically, the suit says the ignition in the affected Kia and Hyundai vehicles – which use a physical key slot and not a push-button start system – has a USB interface, so a thief only needs to strip away part of the steering column and insert any USB cable into the exposed interface to start the car. The security flaw has even been highlighted in a social media trend that challenges viewers to steal certain Kia and Hyundai vehicles – something that apparently takes “less than a minute” and “a trivial amount of effort,” according to the case. Now, attorneys working with ClassAction.org need to hear from more Kia and Hyundai drivers to help strengthen the litigation. If you own or lease a 2011-2021 Kia or Hyundai, head over to this page for the details and a chance to share your story.
Certain Jeep Cherokee drivers have been reporting problems with their vehicles’ parking brakes. Specifically, drivers of 2014-2022 models have complained that the electronic parking brake can engage while the vehicle is moving, resulting in unexpected stalling or stopping. One lawsuit has been filed over the issue already, and now attorneys working with ClassAction.org are looking to speak with more people who’ve had this happen to help strengthen their case. A successful lawsuit could help drivers get back money for repairs and potentially force the manufacturer to offer a fix for the problem. If you drive a Jeep Cherokee and this sounds like something that’s happened to you, head over to this page to find out about your legal rights.
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An independent laboratory recently tested dozens of dry shampoo products and found that 70 percent of them contained benzene, a chemical known to cause cancer and other health problems in humans. Research has suggested that because of benzene’s toxicity, there is likely “no safe level of exposure” to the chemical, which has been showing up in an alarming number of products lately. Now, attorneys want to hear from dry shampoo users as they look into whether a class action lawsuit can be filed against the manufacturers. Brands under investigation include – but are not limited to – Redken, Sebastian, Pureology, OGX and Garnier Fructis. A successful lawsuit could help consumers get back some of the money they spent on the hair products and force the manufacturers to change how they make or advertise their dry shampoo. Head over to this page for a list of affected products and information on how you may be able to help get a lawsuit started.
Your medical information may not be as secure as you think if you registered for an account on EverydayHealth.com or subscribed to its newsletter, app or health courses. Attorneys working with ClassAction.org are now investigating whether Everyday Health secretly collected its subscribers’ medical and personal information through website tracking tools and shared this data with Meta Platforms, formerly known as Facebook. It’s possible that the attorneys may be able to start a class action lawsuit against the website for possible privacy violations. If filed and successful, a lawsuit could help compensate Everyday Health subscribers whose privacy may have been violated and potentially force the company to change its business practices. If you subscribed to Everyday Health, you can read up on the investigation here.
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