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Hyundai and Kia petrol engines: Connecting rod bearing wear and engine debris

Bannister Law Class Actions announces its investigation into issues concerning the petrol engines of certain Hyundai and Kia motor vehicles sold from 2009 onwards, in most cases up until 2019. The potentially affected petrol engines are those up to 2.4L in size.

In the United States recalls have been issued for over one million Hyundai and Kia motor vehicles due to premature wear to the connecting rod bearings of various petrol engines. There are reports this can be caused by engine debris and / or insufficient oil flow to the bearings of the connecting rods. This can lead to abnormal knocking, stalling, engine damage, and even fire.

If you have experienced any of these issues, please register below:



Bannister Law has reason to believe the same issue may be present in Australian vehicles. Owners of Hyundai or Kia vehicles with petrol engines up to 2.4L in size are encouraged to register below where they have experienced:
– shuddering
– knocking, clicking or other abnormal noises (likely vary with the revs of the car)
– engine seizing
– stalling or stopping suddenly
– reduced power or hesitation
– illumination of the ‘check engine’ or ‘engine oil pressure’ warning light
– burning smell, oil leaks, smoke
– fire
– reports from mechanics of oil starvation issues, bearing wear and / or metal debris or filings in the engine oil
– knock sensor repair, replacement or software update

We suspect the following vehicles may be affected, however if you own a 2009 – 2019 Hyundai or Kia vehicle with a petrol engine up to 2.4L in size and have experienced any of the above issues, we ask that you please register above.
a. Kia Sorento
b. Kia Optima
c. Kia Sportage
d. Kia Stinger
e. Hyundai i30
f. Hyundai Santa Fe
g. Hyundai Sonata
h. Hyundai Tucson
i. Hyundai iLoad
j. Hyundai ix35
k. Kia Soul
l. Kia Cerato
m. Hyundai Veloseter
n. Hyundai Accent
o. Kia Pro_cee’d
p. Kia Rio.