National Class Action Against Hyundai for Disabling Unused Blue Link Systems

On February 10, 2015, McCuneWright, LLP, filed a national class action complaint against Hyundai Motor America alleging that the automaker did not inform purchasers of its Blue Link equipped vehicles at the time of sale that the Blue Link Telemetrics System included as a standard feature would be permanently disabled if owners did not subscribe to the Blue Link subscription service. According to notices sent out by Hyundai in January 2015, Blue Link systems that have been inactive for more than one year will be permanently disabled, requiring owners to have to replace the Blue Link module at a cost of $500-$600 dollars if they wish to activate their Blue Link subscription in the future. As a result, Hyundai owners are being forced to choose to subscribe to a Blue Link service that they do not want or have their vehicle devalued by the disabling of the Blue Link Telemetrics module that they purchased as a standard feature when they bought the car. The complaint alleges that Hyundai’s actions constitute a breach of the vehicle warranties and a misrepresentation of the standard features of the vehicle at the time of sale.

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