Bannister Law announces its investigation of a potential claim against Kia Motors Australia for the losses for owners of the effected vehicles that are the subject of the safety recalls.
Following the release by the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications of a product Safety recall of Kia QL Sportage Model Years 2016-2021 the dates they were available for sale were between 14 April 2015 to 20 October 2020 and Kia CK Stinger Model Years 2017-2019 the dates they were available for sale were between 14 December 2016 to 27 March 2019.
Australian consumer statutory guarantees require the all consumer products you supply must be safe and meet other consumer guarantees under the Australian Consumer Law (ACL)
This recall states:
“If an electrical short circuit occurs, this could result in an engine compartment fire when the key is switched off and the vehicle is parked. A vehicle fire could increase the risk injury or death to vehicle occupants or bystanders and/or damage to property.”
“Until it has been repaired, Kia recommends that the vehicle should not be parked near any flammable structures or in an enclosed area, i.e. not in a garage.”
We believe this will cause many owners of the vehicles anxiety that they cant sleep calmly at night with their vehicle in the garage nor use it safely while driving.
Parking a vehicle (not in the garage) on the street will not always be permitted for many city dwellers nor feasible in a variety of circumstances which may result in additional expenses.
Further, not acting on this advice (not garaging) could effect insurance premiums of those owners as generally higher premiums are payable for street parked vehicles.
Similarly, not attending to the recall itself may invoke insurance exclusions for cover if reasonable precautions are not taken.
The cars’ defect revolves around the anti-lock brake system (ABS) modules or the hydraulic electronic control unit (HECU), sophisticated technological and mechanical safety features located under the hood.
The ABS modules and HECUs remained charged with an electrical current even when the car was not running. This, coupled with a defect that allows moisture to enter the electrified components, creates the risk of fires erupting.
Bannister Law is encouraging owners of Kia QL Sportage purchased between 14 April 2015 to 20 October 2020 and CK Stinger’s purchased between 14 December 2016 to 27 March 2019 to sign up.