Consumers have filed a class-action lawsuit against Hyundai Motor for leaks in the New Santa Fe SUV. Led by a Santa Fe driver identified as Lee (33), customers filed their suit at the Seoul Central District Court on Oct. 17 demanding that their vehicles be replaced with new ones.
The New Santa Fe was unveiled in April last year and now tops SUV sales in Korea. This year alone, 60,000 were sold. But Hyundai has received a growing number of complaints about rain water leaking through the roof or the trunk since the monsoon started.
In August, Hyundai apologized and promised to fix the leaks for free and extended the warranty for five years. But many of the customers who filed the complaints felt the carmaker should recall their cars or provide some sort of compensation. There were also concerns that repaired SUVs would fetch lower prices on the used car market.
Lee, who led the class-action suit, said, "The vehicle has a structural flaw so a partial repair is not enough."
The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport and the Korea Transportation Safety Authority are looking into the problem.