2010-2015 Kia Forte with defective engines: class action update

November 20, 2020

In January 2018, the Automobile Protection Association and Denis Gaudreau filed a motion to authorize a class action against Kia Canada over defective engines in the 2010-2105 Forte compact car. After the APA filed its action, Kia began replacing engines in the Forte under an informal policy when owners complained. Kia paid to install engine "short blocks," saving hundreds of vehicle owners in Quebec the $5,500 retail cost of the repair. The APA has requested that Kia send owners a letter to formally extend coverage up to 10 years or 200,000 km for "piston slap" related defects. (Hyundai Canada has been replacing the similar engine used in the Elantra under an internal policy.)

After the action was filed, the APA received similar complaints on a smaller number of Rondo, Sportage and Soul models. The APA has asked Kia Motors to extend its Forte offer across Canada, and to include additional models not covered in the original class action. If you own a 2010-2015 Kia Forte, Rondo, Soul or Sportage with a 1.6L, 1.8L, or 2L engine, the APA needs to hear from you, whether or not your vehicle experienced an engine failure and irrespective of whether Kia paid for the repair or not.

If you own or lease a Kia vehicle, please complete the survey before November 25, 2020, even if:

  • you no longer own or lease the vehicle,
  • the engine had no issues,
  • the engine was repaired/replaced with or without charge

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Your answers are very important to the APA and will help us obtain an indemnity for class members, and possibly vehicle owners living outside the Province of Quebec, which is where the APA`s action was filed.

Information from this survey may be shared with Kia Canada as part of negotiations in the class action. Keep all your inspection and repair invoices related to the engine noise (piston slap) defect, as well as other related documents, because complete paperwork will help you claim an indemnity if the case settles or the APA eventually wins the action.

Thank you for your cooperation; the APA will keep you informed of developments in the case via our Newsletter