Rodents Chew Kia's Soy Wiring
Rodents just can't resist the soy-derived wire coatings used in Kia vehicles. The chewed up wires are costing owners hundreds, and sometimes thousands of dollars in repairs. However, this isn't a Kia-only problem.
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- 2005 Optima door will not open 7 (100%)
- 2013 Optima engine won't turn over, won't start 6 (86%)
- 2015 Sedona battery died 5 (71%)
- 2014 Sorento power door locks not working properly 5 (71%)
- 2011 Sorento interior warning and lights malfunction 5 (71%)
- 2016 Soul engine won't turn over, won't start 4 (57%)
- 2014 Sorento battery dies after sitting 4 (57%)
One Kia owner has had enough of gnawed wires leading to dashboard warning lights and multiple calls to the insurance company.
Tsvetelin Tsonev filed a class-action lawsuit because his 2015 Soul is being used like a chew toy.
The plaintiff says he leased a 2015 Kia Soul in April 2015 that has allegedly been damaged three times because the automaker keeps replacing soy-based wiring with more soy wiring, inviting more critters to snacktime.
OK, so it turns out rodents don’t really snack on the coating, but they do love chewing on it and making nests out of it.
And if you’re wondering just how much damage a rodent could do, brace yourself.…keep reading
Another day, another manufacturer getting sued for using soy-based wire coating.
Plaintiff Campbell claims her 2014 Kia Optima was damaged in December 2016 when rodents chewed the wire harness and wiring. Campbell asked Kia to cover the repairs under warranty but after allegedly making her wait almost a month with the Kia Optima sitting at the dealership, Kia denied her claim for coverage.
The lawsuit covers owners or lessees in California, Texas, and NJ with most of the 2012-2017 Kia lineup.keep reading