Yandery Sanchez has become the lead plaintiff in a class action complaint, filed in Central California, against Kia Motors America Inc. (Kia). Sanchez alleges Kia is responsible for knowingly selling defective windshields. Sanchez states the allegedly defective windshields crack, chip and/or fracture spontaneously.
According to the class action complaint, 2020 Kia Telluride windshields fail “for no reason other than they were defective from the beginning.” Sanchez alleges Kia skipped issuing a recall of its Telluride windshields because of a “goodwill gesture” that implied the auto manufacturer would replace them. The windshields allegedly crack, chip and fracture due to design or manufacturing defects that existed since the Tellurides went on sale, according to the complaint.
Sanchez is seeking the following:
- An order certifying the proposed Class;
- Money damages in the form of a refund of the full contract price;
- Equitable relief including but not limited to, replacement of the class vehicles with new vehicles, or repair of the alleged defective vehicles with an extension of the express warranties and service contracts;
- A declaration requiring Kia to comply with the various provisions of the state and federal consumer protection statutes herein alleged and to make all the required disclosures;
- Reasonable attorneys’ fees and costs; and
- A recall of the alleged defective windshields by Kia.
Sanchez purchased a new 2020 Kia Telluride in November 2019. His windshield cracked in January 2020 and Sanchez claims he didn’t see anything hit his windshield. The crack spread and additional cracks began to appear on the vehicle’s windshield.
“It was not hit by debris from the road. They both start from the edge of the glass and spread across the windshield. I contacted the local dealership and can have it replaced for $800. I think this should be a recall due to it being a widespread issue,” Sanchez said in his class action complaint.
Sanchez stated had he and other class members known about the alleged windshield defect they would not have purchased the Telluride, or they would have paid “substantially less for them.” “Kia knew of and concealed the windshield defect that is contained in every class vehicle,” a portion of the complaint reads.
According to Sanchez, he along with other class members have suffered a loss of money, property, and/or loss in value of their class vehicles and should be compensated.
Kia has yet to respond to the class action complaint or any of its allegations. Look to a future edition of glassBYTEs for more information on this suit.