Kia and Hyundai Motor Company Transmission Defects

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McCune Law Group, McCune Wright Arevalo Vercoski Kusel Weck Brandt, APC, (MLG) is investigating claims for a potential class action lawsuit in relation to transmission malfunctions of certain Kia and Hyundai Motor Company vehicles. Vehicle owners have reported that the affected vehicles feel as though it jumps gears, shakes, loses power, and will not accelerate at times. The vehicles that may be affected have the Intelligent Variable Transmission (IVT) version of the Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). The following models may be impacted:

  • 2019-present Kia Forte
  • 2016-present Kia Rio
  • 2020-present Kia Soul
  • 2021-present Kia Seltos
  • 2019-present Hyundai Venue
  • 2020-present Hyundai i20
  • 2020-present Hyundai Elantra
  • 2018-present Hyundai Kona
  • 2018-present Hyundai Accent

If you are a Kia or Hyundai owner who has experienced transmission malfunctions, contact McCune Law Group today by calling 855-640-0526 to set up a free consultation!

Transmission Malfunctions can Pose a Serious Threat

The transmission of a vehicle is the vehicle’s gearbox. It allows the vehicle to switch into higher gears as the vehicle speeds up and into lower gears as the vehicle slows down. A typical car transmission is comprised of between five and six gear sets and a series of gear trains that allow the driver to control how much power is delivered to the car without changing how fast the engine runs. Since the transmission involves many moving parts that are essential to the vehicle’s function, some parts will inevitably break or become defective either over time or improper installation from the factory. If any part of the transmission becomes defective, it can pose a serious threat to not only the vehicle itself but to you as the driver. Defective transmissions can cause stuttering, loss of power, fluid leaks, shaking, and other negative effects.

CVT Transmissions Are Not Without Issues

A Continuous Variable Transmission (CVT) is a lighter version of the traditional automatic transmission. Combined with a smoother operation, this transmission helps the fuel efficiency of vehicles that come equipped with a CVT. However, even though the CVT is an alternative to the traditional transmission, it does not come without any flaws. A CVT transmission can be expensive to repair or replace when compared to a conventional automatic transmission. Some other common problems that owners run into include:

  • Overheating
  • Slipping
  • Sudden loss of acceleration
  • Shuddering
  • Harder to work on
  • CVTs depend solely on belts to operate. If the belts become stretched or damaged, the transmission can completely fail.

If you own a Kia or Hyundai model listed here and have experiences transmission issues, contact us today by calling 855-640-0526 to discuss your potential case!

Common Transmission FAQs

How Often Should Transmission Fluids Be Flushed and Changed?

Your vehicle manufacturer will set specific guidelines for your car as to when your transmission fluids should be flushed and changed. Most vehicle manufacturers suggested service intervals are based on mild driving habits. However, most people’s driving habits involved a lot of start and stops, in turn making the vehicle shift up and down more frequently. This can result in the fluid deteriorating rapidly. It is best to follow the manufactures suggestions no matter the driving conditions.

There is no definitive answer to this question as CVT transmissions come with their own set of unique issues. They are expensive to purchase and repair. Since they rely purely on belts to operate, if the belt become damaged or stretched the transmission can completely fail. They also have different servicing requirements. However, CVT transmissions have been used in various vehicles for many years and are generally regarded as reliable transmissions.

You know your vehicle. When it starts to act differently, you take notice. Here are some top signs your transmission may be failing:

  1. Transmission will not stay in gear
  2. Shifts are delayed or missing gears
  3. Transmission fluid is leaking
  4. Transmission is slipping or engine is revving high
  5. A buzzing, clunking, or humming noise is present
  6. Car has no power
  7. Check engine light is on

These are only a few signs that may be telling you that your vehicle’s transmission could be defective or failing. If you have any doubts or believe you have a defective transmission, do not hesitate to contact our team of auto defect attorneys today.

To contact an auto defect class action attorney today, contact us by filling out the form or by calling 855-640-0526 today.

Automotive Litigation Attorneys are Ready to Assist You

Roadways are dangerous enough without a defective vehicle. That’s why drivers experiencing severe auto defects should immediately seek out attorney assistance to right this wrong. The auto defect lawyers of McCune Law Group have spent the past 30 years fighting for the rights of consumers in the face of unscrupulous business practices. We’re proud to have successfully represented clients against Toyota, Wells Fargo, Hyundai, and other Fortune 500 companies.

If you own a Kia or Hyundai vehicle and have been affected by a malfunction of the transmission, contact us today by completing the form or calling 855-640-0526.

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