Yvonne Robinson et. al., v. Kia Motors America, Inc. et. al.


If you are a current or prior owner or lessee of a Model Year 2003-2006 Kia Sorento with a 3.5 liter engine in the United States you could be affected by a class action settlement.

The purpose of this Website is to inform you of a proposed settlement of a class action lawsuit known as Yvonne Robinson et. al., v. Kia Motors America, Inc. et. al.. This lawsuit alleges that some 2003 to 2006 model year Kia Sorento vehicles with 3.5 liter engines were equipped with a defective crankshaft pulley bolt that, under certain conditions, could result in the bolt breaking. Those vehicles are referred to as the “Class Vehicles”. KMA has not been found liable for any of the claims alleged in this lawsuit. The parties have instead reached a voluntary settlement in order to avoid a lengthy litigation.

Current and prior owners and lessees of Class Vehicles are known as “Class Members”. Class Members may be entitled to compensation if they submit valid and timely claims that are approved pursuant to the review process described in the Notice and approved by the Court.

Under the proposed Settlement, and subject to proof and certain limitations, KMA will provide certain financial and/or other benefits to Class Members for past and future crankshaft pulley bolt repairs in Class Vehicles.

Your legal rights are affected whether or not you act. Please read the Notice carefully.

MAKE A CLAIM Benefits under this Settlement depend on the Class Member’s ownership status and mileage at the time of a crankshaft bolt related repair. If you paid for a crankshaft pulley bolt repair before Thursday, February 16, 2017 and you submit a valid and timely Claim Form, with sufficient proof of the repair and your costs, you may be eligible to receive a reimbursement payment. If you are an original purchaser of a Class Vehicle, and you still own it, you may be eligible to obtain a repair for any crankshaft pulley bolt failure occurring after Thursday, February 16, 2017, by taking your vehicle to an authorized Kia dealership. All claims for a benefit under this Settlement must be made no later than Wednesday, May 17, 2017 and are subject to the terms of the Settlement.
EXCLUDE YOURSELF Excluding yourself is the only way for you to pursue a crankshaft pulley bolt claim in a separate lawsuit against KMA. If you ask to be excluded from the Settlement, you will receive no reimbursement or payment for a past or future crankshaft pulley bolt repair as provided for in this Settlement. If you exclude yourself from the Settlement and you are a current owner or lessee of a Class Vehicle, the claims process and assistance for seeking settlement benefits will not apply to you.
OBJECT In order to object to the Settlement, you must remain a member of the lawsuit—you cannot ask to be excluded. You may object to the Settlement by writing to the Court and indicating why you do not like the settlement.
GO TO A HEARING You may go to the Settlement hearing if you wish to speak in Court about the fairness of the Settlement.
DO NOTHING If you do nothing, you will not have the opportunity to receive any potential benefit related to the crankshaft pulley bolt in your Class Vehicle. You will also lose your rights to sue KMA for any claims related to the crankshaft pulley bolt in your Class Vehicle, and you will be bound by the rulings made in this case.

These rights and options – and the deadlines to exercise them – are more fully explained in the Notice. You may also wish to read the Frequently Asked Questions section of this website for additional information. Your legal rights are affected whether you act or don’t act. Please read the Notice and this website carefully.