Hyundai Facing Lawsuit Over Alleged Ioniq Safety Features

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Hyundai Facing Lawsuit Over Alleged Ioniq Safety Features
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Hyundai is facing a proposed class action lawsuit over alleged false advertising regarding one of their vehicle’s safety features.

When a California vehicle owner purchased a 2020 Hyundai Ioniq, he expected the car to come with Blind Spot and Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Assist. He claims the car was marketed as having these capabilities based on the vehicle’s window sticker. However, shortly after purchasing the vehicle, he learned that the vehicle actually contained a Blind Spot and Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Warning system.

The Blind Spot and Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Warning and Assist systems were designed to improve passenger safety.

These safety features work similarly and are designed to take effect when another vehicle drives into the blind spots on either side of the vehicle, or crosses in front of or behind. The main difference between these safety features is the method of protection they offer. The Blind Spot and Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Warning system is designed to do just that—warn the driver of potential obstacles or vehicles passing through those areas around the car. However, the Blind Spot and Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Assist system is designed to actually assist the driver with methods of avoidance, such as automatically applying the brakes to stop or swerve out of the way, doing so without the driver’s input.

The complaint alleges that Hyundai knowingly engaged in false marketing by claiming that the Ioiniq had Assist Capabilities.

The party responsible for filing this proposed class action against Hyundai claims that the popular vehicle manufacturer committed false advertising by putting a window sticker bragging of Assist capabilities on his vehicle. The lawsuit claims that Hyundai has been selling and leasing out these vehicles to customers across the country under false pretenses regarding this safety feature. Although he attempted to contact Hyundai, he alleges that no efforts were made to correct the error.

This is not the first nor is it likely to be the last lawsuit against Hyundai and similar manufacturers.

It should be noted that there are several variations of the Ioniq, including hybrid, SE, and limited. The vehicle which started this debate is allegedly an Ioniq Limited, and based on the information on the car manufacturer’s website, could possibly contain one or both of these safety features. However, not every 2020 Ioniq is subject to these. Lawsuits against vehicle manufacturers are among the most common types, especially in regard to product liability lawsuits. In fact, earlier in the year, Hyundai faced a lawsuit over exploding batteries in some of their Kona EVs and recalled close to 75,000 of these vehicles across the globe.

With the vehicle manufacturing industry progressing at such a fast rate and incorporating constantly newer and newer technologies into the maker of their cars, it is no surprise that a lawsuit like this has arisen, and that more of a similar variety are likely in the future. If you or a loved one were hurt by false advertising in regard to a product, or were injured by a potentially defective product, reach out to a product liability attorney to discuss your options for recovery.

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