Lawsuit Says Not Enough Vehicles Were Covered in the Theta II Recalls

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A car engulfed in flames on the side of the road

Another owner has sued Hyundai and Kia for knowingly equipping vehicles with defective Theta II engines. Proving once again that when it comes to engines that catch on fire, people generally aren't fans. The automakers have settled similar lawsuits and issued recalls for these clunkers, but the plaintiff suggests not all affected vehicles were included.

About the lawsuit

  • These gasoline direct injection (GDI) engines are plagued with problems. From bearing failure, to connecting rod knocks, to oil consumption, and yes – engine infernos.
  • The plaintiff bought their car used and shortly after learned that the car needed a new short block to the tune of $7,000. The work also took 6 months because there're a backorder on parts.
  • The lawsuit wants more help for 2012-2015 Forte, 2012-2015 Forte Koup, 2011-2013 Optima Hybrid, 2012-2013 Sorento, 2014-2015 Soul, and 2012 Sportage owners.
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Theta II GDI Engine Stalls and Siezes

Many Kia vehicles have a Theta II, a gasoline direct injection (GDI) engine that is well known for having oil flow issues that eventually cause catastrophic failures.

Related Kia Generations

At least one model year in these 6 generations have a relationship to this story.

We track this because a generation is just a group of model years where very little changes from year-to-year. Chances are owners throughout these generation will want to know about this news. Click on a generation for more information.

  1. 1st Generation Forte

    Years
    2010–2014
    Reliability
    38th of 42
    PainRank
    11.61
    Complaints
    131
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  2. 1st Generation Forte Koup

    Years
    2010–2014
    Reliability
    8th of 42
    PainRank
    1.15
    Complaints
    15
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  3. 3rd Generation Optima Hybrid

    Years
    2011–2015
    Reliability
    32nd of 42
    PainRank
    5.21
    Complaints
    47
    Continue Front 3/4 view of a Optima Hybrid
  4. 2nd Generation Sorento

    Years
    2011–2014
    Reliability
    42nd of 42
    PainRank
    35.31
    Complaints
    499
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  5. 2nd Generation Soul

    Years
    2014–2019
    Reliability
    36th of 42
    PainRank
    8.6
    Complaints
    141
    Continue Front 3/4 view of a Soul
  6. 3rd Generation Sportage

    Years
    2011–2015
    Reliability
    37th of 42
    PainRank
    9.64
    Complaints
    95
    Continue Front 3/4 view of a Sportage

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