If you’re one of the people fortunate enough to be able to work from home, you may not be driving as much – but even with fewer people on the roads, auto issues are still something to keep an eye out for. In this issue, we’re looking at a fire risk posed by a specific type of engine still found in certain Kia and Hyundai vehicles, even though it may have been the center of a recall issued last year. Then, we’ll shift gears to talk about an investigation into paid-off car loans being reinserted onto drivers’ credit reports. Plus, we’ve got stories on pay-by-phone mortgage fees, Zoom’s data sharing practices and, as always, the latest settlements.
In 2019, 378,000 Kia Soul vehicles were recalled due to an issue that could lead to the engines catching fire. Now, attorneys working with ClassAction.org are investigating whether the same engine that prompted the recall is being used in other Kia and Hyundai vehicles – and trying to help drivers recover compensation for any harm done. The issue is particularly concerning because drivers are reporting engine fires starting during routine driving conditions, with little-to-no warning. If you experienced an engine fire while driving a 2016-2020 Hyundai Accent, Hyundai Kona, Hyundai Elantra, Hyundai Veloster, Kia Rio, Kia Seltos, or Kia Sportage equipped with a 1.4 or 1.6-liter Gamma engine, attorneys want to hear from you. A successful lawsuit could prompt another recall over the affected engines and help drivers recover money for loss of their vehicles.
Being able to pay your mortgage over the phone is among the many conveniences we can enjoy – but with convenience comes the all-too-familiar convenience fee. These seemingly minor charges have become another expected expense in our daily lives, but now attorneys working with ClassAction.org are looking into whether these fees are illegal in certain states. If filed and successful, a class action lawsuit could help property owners get back the money they paid in pay-by-phone surcharges and, in the process, put an end to any ongoing illegal practices. A few lawsuits have already been filed, but homeowners are encouraged to step forward if they have been subject to these fees. For a list of potentially affected states and what you can do, we have you covered.
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When you pay off your car loan early, you’ve definitely earned that big sigh of relief. The weight of owing that money is finally gone, over and done with – or at least, it should be. Attorneys working with ClassAction.org are launching a new investigation into whether some lenders are allowing old car loans to reappear on consumers’ credit reports due to avoidable errors in their credit reporting systems. Since payments aren’t being made on these accounts (since they were already paid in full), drivers’ loans may be showing up as delinquent and causing damage to their credit scores. If you saw your paid-off car loan pop back up on your credit report, you have rights under the Fair Credit Reporting Act. Head on over to this page for a detailed look at the issue and an opportunity to potentially get a lawsuit started that could help those affected.
Zoom was just one among many video conferencing platforms until the need to gather virtually skyrocketed in the midst of the ongoing social quarantine. Now Zoom, with its newfound popularity, is receiving all sorts of attention – in part due to a recently filed proposed class action. According to the lawsuit, Zoom boasts how much it values users’ privacy while at the same time collecting and sharing consumers’ data with Facebook and other third parties without notice or permission. On top of that, the suit also critiques Zoom’s security measures, calling them “wholly inadequate” – a combination that we’ve seen as to be the perfect formula for the all-too-familiar data breach. Here are the details.
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