Yvonne Robinson et. al., v. Kia Motors America, Inc. et. al.
www.crankshaftboltclassaction.com

Frequently Asked Questions

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1. What is this lawsuit about?

Plaintiffs allege a defect in the design of the crankshaft pulley bolt and balancer in the Class Vehicles, which can cause the front pulley bolt to break and cause damage to other engine components. Plaintiffs also allege that KMA knew of this possibility and failed to disclose it to consumers, and refused to honor the warranty and repair the Class Vehicles. The Court dismissed certain claims, and retained other claims, and the parties now desire to settle the remaining claims as to all Class Members.

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2. Why is this a class action lawsuit?

In a class action, one or more people, called Class Representatives, sue on behalf of people who could have similar claims. In this case Yvonne Robinson, Rose Ciros, Jesse Howell, Cheryl Moxey, Robert McConnell, Phillip Doran and Irene Goodwin are the Class Representatives. The Class Representatives and all those persons who could have similar claims are referred to as Class Members. One court resolves the issues for all Class Members, except for those who exclude themselves from the Class.

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3. Why is there a settlement?

The Court did not decide in favor of Plaintiffs or Defendant. KMA was not found liable for any of the alleged claims relating to the crankshaft pulley bolt. Instead, both sides agreed to a settlement. That way, they avoid the cost of a lengthy litigation, a trial, and the people affected are potentially eligible to get compensation. The Class Representatives and their attorneys think the settlement is fair and adequate for the Class Members.

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4. How do I know if I am part of the settlement?

Everyone who fits the following description is a Class Member: All persons in the United States who currently own or lease or previously owned or leased a Class Vehicle in the United States. These people are referred to in the Notice as “Class Members” and the vehicles are referred to as “Class Vehicles.” If you received the Notice in the mail, the parties have determined that you may be a Class Member.

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5. Which Kia models are included?

Model year 2003 to 2006 Kia Sorento vehicles with a 3.5 liter engine. KMA’s records indicate that these vehicles were manufactured from March 1, 2002 through June 12, 2006.

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6. What does the settlement provide?

A. YOU ARE AN ORIGINAL PURCHASER OF A CLASS VEHICLE AND YOU STILL OWN THE VEHICLE

If you are an original purchaser of a Class Vehicle and still own the vehicle AND

(1) Before Thursday, February 16, 2017, you (a) incurred out-of-pocket repair expenses for parts, labor and/or towing, caused by a crankshaft pulley bolt failure and(b) the failure occurred before 100,000 miles, you may be eligible for reimbursement of those repair and towing expenses. You must make a timely and valid claim, and if approved, KMA will reimburse you for those out-of-pocket expenses up to a maximum of $4,900.00.

AND/OR

(2) Before Thursday, February 16, 2017, you (a) had your Class Vehicle repaired due to a crankshaft pulley bolt failure before 100,000 miles, and (b) within the earlier of 12 months or 12,000 miles of that repair, you had a subsequent crankshaft pulley bolt failure for which you incurred out-of-pocket repair expenses for parts, labor and/or towing, you may be eligible for reimbursement of those repair and towing expenses under the Replacement Parts and Accessories Limited Warranty. You must make a timely and valid claim, and if approved, KMA will reimburse you for those out-of-pocket expenses up to a maximum of $4,900.00.

AND/OR

(3) After Thursday, February 16, 2017, you experience a crankshaft pulley bolt failure and the failure occurs before 100,000 miles, KMA will cover the parts and labor costs for the repair conducted at an authorized Kia dealership. The genuine Kia replacement parts used to repair your Class Vehicle are subject to the Replacement Parts and Accessories Limited Warranty, the term of which is the greater of (a) the duration of the New Vehicle Limited Warranty or (b) 12 months from the date of installation or 12,000 miles, whichever comes first.

B. YOU ARE AN ORIGINAL PURCHASER OF A CLASS VEHICLE AND YOU NO LONGER OWN THE VEHICLE

If you are an original purchaser of a Class Vehicle and no longer own the vehicle AND

(1) Before Thursday, February 16, 2017, you (a) incurred out-of-pocket repair expenses for parts, labor and/or towing, caused by a crankshaft pulley bolt failure and (b) the failure occurred before 100,000 miles, you may be eligible for reimbursement of those repair and towing expenses. You must make a timely and valid claim, and if approved, KMA will reimburse you for those out-of-pocket expenses up to a maximum of $4,900.00.

AND/OR

(2) Before Thursday, February 16, 2017, you (a) had your Class Vehicle repaired due to a crankshaft pulley bolt failure before 100,000 miles, and (b) within the earlier of 12 months or 12,000 miles of that repair, you had a subsequent crankshaft pulley bolt failure for which you incurred out-of-pocket repair expenses for parts, labor and/or towing, you may be eligible for reimbursement of those repair and towing expenses under the Replacement Parts and Accessories Limited Warranty. You must make a timely and valid claim, and if approved, KMA will reimburse you for those out-of-pocket expenses up to a maximum of $4,900.00.

C. YOU ARE A PURCHASER OF A USED CLASS VEHICLE (WHETHER OR NOT YOU STILL OWN THE CLASS VEHICLE)

If you are a used purchaser of a Class Vehicle AND

(1) Before Thursday, February 16, 2017, you (a) incurred out-of-pocket repair expenses for parts, labor and/or towing caused by a crankshaft pulley bolt failure and (b) the failure occurred during the 5-year/60,0000 New Vehicle Limited Warranty, you may be eligible for reimbursement of those repair and towing expenses. You must make a timely and valid claim, and if approved, KMA will reimburse you for those out-of-pocket expenses up to a maximum of $4,900.00.

AND/OR

(2) Before Thursday, February 16, 2017, you (a) incurred out-of-pocket repair expenses for parts, labor and/or towing caused by a crankshaft pulley bolt failure and (b) the failure occurred after expiration of the 5-year/60,000 New Vehicle Limited Warranty, but prior to 100,000 miles, you may be eligible to seek reimbursement for those repair and towing expenses. You must make a timely and valid claim, and if approved, KMA will reimburse you for those out-of-pocket expenses up to a maximum of $175.00.

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(3) Before Thursday, February 16, 2017, you (a) had your Class Vehicle repaired due to a crankshaft pulley bolt failure before 5 years or 60,000 miles, and (b) within the earlier of 12 months or 12,000 miles of that repair you had a subsequent crankshaft pulley bolt failure for which you incurred out-of-pocket repair expenses for parts, labor and/or towing, you may be eligible for reimbursement of those repair and towing expenses under the Replacement Parts and Accessories Limited Warranty. You must make a timely and valid claim, and if approved, KMA will reimburse you for those out-of-pocket expenses up to a maximum of $4,900.00.

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7. What if I previously received payment or reimbursement for a crankshaft pulley bolt repair from another source?

Class Members will not be paid or reimbursed for amounts paid or reimbursed by any other source including, but not limited to, the Kia New Vehicle Limited Warranty, the Kia Power Train Limited Warranty, the Replacement Parts and Accessories Limited Warranty, Kia or dealer goodwill, dealer discounts, a third party warranty, extended warranty insurance, or any other third party source. Class Members are only entitled to reimbursement for a past crankshaft pulley bolt engine related repair as described in Question 6 above. If you have already been reimbursed or paid by KMA or any other entity for a repair in the amount provided for in Question 6, you will not be entitled to a benefit in the Class Settlement. If you have already been reimbursed or paid, but in an amount less than that provided in Question 6, KMA shall reimburse you for the difference between the prior reimbursement or payment and the benefit provided in Question 6, subject to proof.

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8. What if my Class Vehicle incurs multiple crankshaft pulley bolt repairs?

If you had multiple repairs or replacements due to a crankshaft pulley bolt failure, you need to submit a claim form which identifies each such repair or replacement you believe is eligible for reimbursement under this settlement.

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9. How much time do I have to make a claim for a benefit under this Settlement?

All claims for a benefit under this Settlement must be postmarked or otherwise transmitted by Wednesday, May 17, 2017.

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10. How do I make a claim?

The deadline to submit a claim in the Kia v. Robinson Settlement was May 17, 2017.

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11. What if my claim if found to be deficient?

If a claim is found to be deficient and is rejected during the review process by the Settlement Administrator or KMA, the Class Member will be notified of the deficiency. The Class Member will then have an opportunity to remedy the deficiency within thirty (30) days of the notice.

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12. When will I get my reimbursement?

Reimbursement checks were mailed on October 17, 2017 to Class Members with timely and approved claims under the terms of the Settlement.

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13. How do I get out of (exclude myself from) this Settlement?

The deadline to exlude yourself from the Kia v. Robinson Settlement was April 3, 2017.

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14. What am I giving up to stay in the Class?

If you are a Class Member and you do not exclude yourself, you will be bound by the terms of the Settlement Agreement. You will give up your rights, if any, to sue KMA for claims related to crankshaft pulley bolt failures and related damage, excluding personal injury claims. That means you cannot sue, continue to sue, or be part of any other lawsuit against KMA for claims related to this Settlement. It also means that all of the Court’s orders will apply to you and legally bind you.

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15. Do I have a Lawyer in this case?

The Court asked the following attorney and law firm to represent you and other Class Members:

Shmuel Klein, Esq.
LAW OFFICE OF SHMUEL KLEIN, PA
113 Cedarhill Avenue
Mahwah, New Jersey 07430

The lawyer that represents the Class Members is called Class Counsel. You will not be charged for Class Counsel’s representation, and the settlement allows for reimbursement or repair, as outlined in this notice, without any deduction for lawyers’ fees. Class Counsel will be paid as described in the below question. If you want to be represented by your own lawyer, you may hire one at your own expense. The contact information for Class Counsel can be found on the settlement website, at www.crankshaftboltclassaction.com or by contacting the Settlement Administrator at 1-800-601-7492.

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16. How will the lawyers be paid?

Class Counsel will ask the Court for attorneys’ fees and expenses up to $275,000.00, and $15,500.00 total for all Class Representatives ($2,500.00 to Yvonne Robinson, Rose Ciros, Robert McConnell, Jesse Howell & Cheryl Moxey; $1,500.00 to Phillip Doran and Irene Goodwin) for their services to the class. These fees do not impact or reduce your right to reimbursement or repair as provided for in the settlement. The Court may award less than these amounts. These amounts will not come out of the funds for reimbursement/payments to Class Members. KMA has agreed not to oppose these fees and expenses. A copy of Class Counsel’s petition for an award of attorneys’ fees and expenses and request for service payments to Class Representatives is available here. KMA will separately pay the Settlement Administrator’s fees and costs to administer the settlement. The Class Settlement does not require you to pay these fees.

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17. How do I tell the Court that I do not like the Settlement?

The deadline to object to the terms of the Settlement was April 3, 2017.

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18. What is the difference between objection and excluding?

Objecting is simply telling the Court that you do not like something about the settlement, and you are requesting the court to approve alternative settlement terms. You can object only if you stay in the Class. Excluding yourself (opting out) is telling the Court that you are excluding yourself from being involved in the Class Settlement. If you exclude yourself, you have no basis to object because the case no longer affects you.

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19. When and where will the Court decide to approve the settlement?

The Court held the Fairness Hearing on Monday, June 19, 2017 at 11:00 a.m., at the United States District Court, District of New Jersey, Martin Luther King Building & U.S. Courthouse, Courtroom 2C, 50 Walnut Street, Newark, NJ 07101.

At this hearing the Court granted Final Approval. A copy of the Final Approval Order is now available on the case website under Court Documents.

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20. Do I have to come to the hearing?

No. You are welcome to come to the hearing at your own expense. If you send an objection, you do not have to come to Court to talk about it. As long as you mailed your written objection on time, the Court will consider it. You may also pay your own lawyer to attend, but it is not necessary. If you want to participate in the hearing, it is important that you contact the court clerk to schedule your appearance.

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21. What happens if I do nothing at all?

If you do nothing, you will not have the opportunity to get a benefit from the Settlement and you will not later be able to sue KMA for any claims related to damage caused by the failure of the crankshaft pulley bolt in the future. You will be bound by the rulings made in this case.

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22. Are there more details available about the settlement?

The Notice summarizes the proposed settlement. There are more details in the Settlement Agreement. You can get a copy of the Settlement Agreement by going to the “Court Documents” page of this website. DO NOT CONTACT THE COURT.

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23. How do I get more information?

You can call 1-800-601-7492 toll free; write to the Settlement Administrator:

KIA Settlement Administration
c/o GCG
PO Box 10318
Dublin OH 43017-0318

or visit the website at www.crankshaftboltclassaction.com, where you will find answers to common questions about the settlement, a Claim Form, plus other information to help you determine whether you are a Class Member and whether you are eligible for a reimbursement. You may also contact Class Counsel.

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