You may have received a notice of a Class Action Settlement if you own or lease one of the following vehicles:

2017-2019 Hyundai Sonata

2017-2019 Hyundai Santa Fe

2018-2019 Hyundai Tucson

2017-2019 Kia Optima

2017-2019 Kia Sorento 

2017-2019 Kia Sportage

The vehicles listed above may have issues with their engines, which include

  • Engine seizure
  • Sluggishness
  • Stalling
  • Oil leaks
  • Grinding noises
  • Engine fires


This class action is meant to settle any legal claims that you may have against Hyundai/Kia. An official website for this Class Action answering common questions has or will be sent to you from the Court. The class action settlement does have benefits, and it would be wise to review them online. Unfortunately, like many class actions, the Class Settlement offers minimal compensation for many Hyundai/Kia vehicle owners/lessees.

Should I Opt-Out?

Although the class action may resolve some people’s issues, it may not fully and fairly address your individual situation. If you do not opt-out of the class, then you will not be able to take any further legal action on your own. Depending on your vehicle’s documented repair history, staying with the class may be the difference between receiving hundreds in the Class Settlement versus thousands of dollars or even in some cases a buy back of your car, with our firm’s help.  

John Cole Gayle, Jr., Esq., of The Consumer Law Group, P.C., is the co-author of the Virginia Lemon Law. Our firm is a local Virginia law firm, and we have helped thousands of consumers receive just compensation for their defective  vehicles—and we may be able to help you obtain a better settlement than what the class provides. We believe people with strong cases would receive much more by OPTING OUT and pursuing their case SEPARATELY, with their own lawyer, rather than being part of the Class Settlement with the Class’s lawyers. Call us to determine if your case is strong enough to file your own claim.


If your repair history is strong enough and you want a better settlement than what is being offered in the class, then you must opt-out.  If you elect to opt out, then your legal rights and remedies under Virginia and federal law are preserved.

To pursue a solution outside the class, YOU MUST OPT OUT BY FRIDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2020. If you do not opt-out by this date, you are “bound” to the terms of the class action settlement and cannot pursue individual claims against Hyundai/Kia on your vehicle.

Attorney Fees?

Calling is a no risk option. Call to find out if you are entitled to more than the class provides.

You will not pay our firm for any legal fees or costs incurred.  If for any reason a settlement is not obtained in your case, you are not responsible to us for anything. If you decide to end your case at any time or if you decline a settlement offer, you are not responsible to us for anything.

We want to help you.

Please call our firm at (804) 282-7900 for a free consultation and review! You may also contact us by sending an email to [email protected] or by submitting your basic information in the Do You Have a Claim? box to the right. 

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