Hyundai, Kia, and Genesis facing class-action suit over malfunctioning charging ports

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Some owners of Hyundai, Kia, and Genesis electric vehicles (EVs) in the US are not happy with their purchases. They have come together to drag the three manufacturers before the courts over models with defective charging ports.

According to the suit, the charging faulty charging ports cause the EVs to take way longer to charge to full battery or not even charging.

The suit is before the US District Court for the Central District of California. Details reveal the charging ports overheat regularly with less than 30 minutes of charging. This causes the charging session to fail abruptly. As a result, instead of the five to seven hours of charging on Level 2 chargers as advertised, the affected EVs could remain plugged in for more than 20 hours before reaching 100 percent, as InsideEVs reports.

The court filing listed the affected models, including the Hyundai IONIQ 5 and IONIQ 6, the Kia EV6, and the luxury Genesis GV60.

Hyundai reportedly released a software update in March but failed to fix the issue. The charging amperage continued to drop to 28 amps from the expected 48 amps.

The plaintiffs seek compensation under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, California Computer Data Access and Fraud Act, and some state consumer protection laws.

It appears Hyundai can’t catch a break, as the NHTSA recently launched an investigation into reports of the IONIQ 5 losing propulsive power.

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