Multiple drivers of the Kia Telluride SUV report their brakes randomly failing during normal operation of their vehicles. The brake pedals on affected vehicles lose all pressure, go down to the floor, and do not apply any deceleration to the vehicles during the failure episodes. One customer posted a video of the brakes on their 2021 Telluride failing as they pulled into their garage, leading to their vehicle ramming into the foundation of their home. Non-functional brakes on an SUV are a particularly acute safety issue due to their increased inertia and destructive potential relative to sedans or smaller cars. Customers may have claims for defective design and damages resulting from the brakes’ failure.
Kia’s warranty manual includes an arbitration provision that requires consumers to exhaust Kia’s arbitration procedures before pursuing claims elsewhere, and no class action waiver.
Toyota faced a similar class action lawsuit in 2020, alleging a similarly dangerous defect in the brakes of the Avalon, Camry, and Prius models.