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Class Settlement Obtained In Lawsuit Against Hyundai For Defective “Smart Trunks” 


Settlement Obtained For Over 30,000 Sonata Owners In Hyundai “Smart Trunk” Class Action  

On February 15, 2019, Axler Goldich and its co-counsel, Shepherd Finkelman Miller & Shah LLP, and Robert P. Cocco, P.C., filed a motion for preliminary approval of a class-wide settlement of claims by purchasers of model-year 2015, 2016, and 2017 Hyundai Sonata vehicles equipped with the “Smart Trunk” feature.  Plaintiff, on behalf of himself and others similarly situated, alleges that Defendant, Hyundai Motor America, was unable to deliver a non-defective, hands-free, proximity activated trunk which fully opens when the owner stands directly behind the vehicle, despite being a feature that was heavily advertised by Hyundai in its uniform marketing campaign.

Under terms of the settlement agreement, over 30,000 class members will be entitled to monetary and injunctive relief, consisting of: a cash payment or Hyundai dealer credit for documented complaints; Smart Trunk inspection, replacement, and creditwarranty extension; and reimbursement for out-of-pocket expenses.  As part of the settlement, Hyundai has also agreed to ensure that its advertising conforms with the design specifications of the Smart Trunk feature.