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November 20, 2013 / Steven Soliman

Kia Motors Facing Class Action Over “Gas Bombs”

Kia Motors is now facing a class action lawsuit for allegedly selling cars with dangerously defective gas tanks. In Texas, three passengers were driving a Kia Soul and were completely engulfed in flames after the gas tank exploded.

The gas tanks, which are located directly below the passenger’s seat, are neither reinforced with straps nor shielded with sheet metal, creating a risk of explosion in the event of a collision. As the complaint states, “Failure to use straps, as most auto manufacturers do, increases the risk that the has tank will shift or dislodge and ignite in a major collision. This location, coupled with the use of a plastic instead of a metal fuel pump service cover, increases the likelihood that in a major collision, fire will penetrate the rear cabin through the plastic service cover like a ‘blow torch.’”

The lawsuit, which was filed on November 13, 2013 in California federal court, seeks to represent a class of consumers who purchased, leased and/or currently own or lease any Kia model with a gas tank that is either not connected to the underside of the vehicle with reinforced straps, is not protected by a shield tank, or has a plastic fuel pump service cover that is accessible from the passenger compartment of the car.

If you or someone you know has purchased, leased, or currently owns or leases a Kia Soul, please contact Khorrami Boucher Sumner Sanguinetti, LLP for a private consultation.

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