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On March 28, 2019, a class action was commenced against Kia Canada Inc., Kia Motors America Inc., Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia Inc, and Kia Motors Corporation (collectively, “Kia”) alleging that the panoramic sunroofs installed in certain vehicles are susceptible to spontaneous shattering.

The affected vehicles include:

  • 2011-2019 model year Kia Sorento vehicles;
  • 2011-2019 model year Kia Optima vehicles;
  • 2011-2019 model year Kia Sportage vehicles;
  • 2014-2019 model year Kia Soul vehicles; and
  • 2014-2019 model year Kia Cadenza vehicles.

The action seeks to represent all persons in Canada who purchased one of the vehicles listed above.

Developments

The proposed class action is in the early stages of litigation.

The next step in the litigation will be the certification hearing.  At the certification motion, the court will determine whether the litigation is properly prosecuted as a class action.

FAQs

What is a Class Action?

A class action is a lawsuit that is brought by one or more persons on behalf of a larger group of people whose claims share common legal and/or factual issues. Class actions provide a cost-effective way for groups of people with common interests to pursue a legal claim.

What does “certification” mean?

Certification is the motion where the court determines whether the action can properly be pursued as a class action. The court will consider factors such as whether the claims of the class members raise common legal and/or factual issues and whether a class action is the preferable method of pursuing the claims (as opposed to other methods, such as individual actions).

Do I have to pay anything to participate in the class action?

Class action lawyers are usually paid on a contingency basis. This means that class counsel are only paid if successful. Class counsel are paid a percentage of any settlement or court award. Class counsel fees are subject to court approval.

Who is affected by the KIA Panoramic Sunroof class action?

You are a member of the proposed class if you are a person in Canada who own, owned, lease or leased one of the following vehicles, equipped with a factory-installed or replacement panoramic sunroof:

  • 2011-2019 model year Kia Sorento vehicles;
  • 2011-2019 model year Kia Optima vehicles;
  • 2011-2019 model year Kia Sportage vehicles;
  • 2014-2019 model year Kia Soul vehicles; and
  • 2014-2019 model year Kia Cadenza vehicles.

Can I join the class action?

There are no steps required to “join” the class action. Unless you opt-out (excluded yourself from the class action), assuming you fall within the scope of the class definition, you are automatically included in the class action.

What should I do to protect my rights?

To protect your rights, you should:

  1. Keep copies of any invoices, receipts or service records for any repairs performed on your Kia panoramic sunroof.
  2. Register to receive updates on this case by filling out the form below.

I still have a question. Who should I contact?

If you have any other questions, please complete the Get in Touch form below.

The proposed class action is in the early stages of litigation.

The next step in the litigation will be the certification hearing.  At the certification motion, the court will determine whether the litigation is properly prosecuted as a class action.

What is a Class Action?

A class action is a lawsuit that is brought by one or more persons on behalf of a larger group of people whose claims share common legal and/or factual issues. Class actions provide a cost-effective way for groups of people with common interests to pursue a legal claim.

What does “certification” mean?

Certification is the motion where the court determines whether the action can properly be pursued as a class action. The court will consider factors such as whether the claims of the class members raise common legal and/or factual issues and whether a class action is the preferable method of pursuing the claims (as opposed to other methods, such as individual actions).

Do I have to pay anything to participate in the class action?

Class action lawyers are usually paid on a contingency basis. This means that class counsel are only paid if successful. Class counsel are paid a percentage of any settlement or court award. Class counsel fees are subject to court approval.

Who is affected by the KIA Panoramic Sunroof class action?

You are a member of the proposed class if you are a person in Canada who own, owned, lease or leased one of the following vehicles, equipped with a factory-installed or replacement panoramic sunroof:

  • 2011-2019 model year Kia Sorento vehicles;
  • 2011-2019 model year Kia Optima vehicles;
  • 2011-2019 model year Kia Sportage vehicles;
  • 2014-2019 model year Kia Soul vehicles; and
  • 2014-2019 model year Kia Cadenza vehicles.

Can I join the class action?

There are no steps required to “join” the class action. Unless you opt-out (excluded yourself from the class action), assuming you fall within the scope of the class definition, you are automatically included in the class action.

What should I do to protect my rights?

To protect your rights, you should:

  1. Keep copies of any invoices, receipts or service records for any repairs performed on your Kia panoramic sunroof.
  2. Register to receive updates on this case by filling out the form below.

I still have a question. Who should I contact?

If you have any other questions, please complete the Get in Touch form below.

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