2019-2021 Kia & Hyundai Transmission Problems

Class Action Investigation

Several complaints logged with the NHTSA about the automakers’ malfunctioning transmissions.

Lemberg Law is investigating several consumer complaints about a variety of Kia & Hyundai vehicles that might be equipped with defective transmissions. Consumers continue reporting to our team that the affected vehicles are producing a sudden loss of power, inability to accelerate, trouble shifting gears and erratic tachometer readings. Despite addressing the concerns with Kia and Hyundai, customers continue to be left in the dark, without a solution in sight.

Affected vehicles might include (but are not limited to):

**ATTENTION, if you are a current owner of a Kia or Hyundai vehicle and are experiencing issues with the IVT transmission, you may be eligible to join a class action suit against the automakers. Our services are absolutely FREE to you. Message or call 844-928-4443 ☎ NOW for a Free Case Evaluation.

Here is one complaint left with the NHTSA regarding the 2021 Kia Seltos:

“Driving on a busy 4 lane highway where everyone was going over 70mph. Car began to shudder in the transmission and lost most of its power. Rpms went up to 3 or 4 thousand when stepping on gas to pull out out fast traffic and wouldn’t go above 35 mph. Had to slowly pull out of traffic with hazards on at 30mph with cars flying by in both sides. Finally got to breakdown lane after a mile and tried to use sport shift mode to try other gears. Car wouldn’t go above 30 mph and rpms went up to 4000. Luckily there was a rest area 500 feet off the highway. Pulled in there to look at transmission oil dipstick but couldn’t find it. Spent over 2 hours trying to get Kia roadside assistance towed to a LOCAL Kia dealer but none had loaners to give so had to use my AAA to tow it to my dealer where I bought it. Hopefully I will get reimbursed for the tow I had to pay for. Still waiting for my service department to fix it. They tried to drive it and confirmed the transmission is gone. The car ONLY has 6500 MILES ON IT!!!!!! No warning light came on to know problems were present. Very dangerous…. Kia needs to have a transmission oil cooler or a warning light installed so this can’t happen again!!!!”

Here is another example related to the 2021 Kia Soul:

“I was on the interstate and my car started making a loud noise and decelerated. It seemed to lose power, I turned around and started home as I was very frightened. The car accelerated without pressing the gas, decelerated without pressing the brake. The tachometer was swinging around wildly. The car most of the time seemed to have no power. I was afraid of a rear end hit by another car or flying into the back of a car in front. I was trying to limp it to the dealer. The car only had 3,400 miles on it and I had had it for 7 months. At one point, I had to stop for a red light and the car would not move. I put on the warning flashers and tried to edge to the side of the street as there was a bit of slope. I turned the car off and restarted it and was able to get it to the dealer about 2 miles away with very little power. They told me it has to have a new transmission. They said they are replacing the transmission with a different kind and it will be safe not to worry, though confidence in the vehicle is diminished. I understand that the IVT transmission that Kia developed in 2020 has been giving problems.”

It’s possible to be without an affected vehicle for more than a month to get the transmission replaced. Plus, several customers have reported needed multiple replacements before the problems are corrected, while others claim that it never drives right again.

Any time you purchase a new vehicle, you expect that the powertrain will run smoothly and consistently. While this expectation is completely realistic, car manufacturers don’t provide the quality control needed to avoid major defects. Once the problem becomes known, the companies will do everything possible to avoid repairing it, mainly because of the cost involved. At Lemberg Law, we are committed to ensuring these automakers are held accountable for these dangerous defects. Our expert legal team represents individuals against the manufacturers and gets justice for lemon car cases. We are ready to represent you with this next round of class action lawsuits.

If your Kia or Hyundai IVT powertrain is losing power, shifting erratic or failing to work normally and you are interested in joining our investigation, fill out our no-obligation case evaluation form or call us at 844-928-4443.

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Brian Jones

About the Author:

Brian Jones spent more than 20 years working as an ASE Certified Master Tech and Parts Specialist at multiple dealerships. Brian has become an authority in the industry, traveling across the country to consult for car dealerships and contributing his expertise as a writer for several major automotive publications. In his spare time, Brian enjoys working on pickup trucks, muscle cars, Jeeps and anything related to motorsports.

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  • Nicole S

    I am in Vancouver Canada and the transmission on my 2021 Kia Forte is failing. Kia said they cannot diagnose my car until 3 weeks from now. I told them I was afraid to drive it and they did not seem to care. I’m so upset. I cannot afford to rent a car and transit would take to long for me to get to work. I have to drive this dangerous car for 3 weeks!

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