Almost a year to the day after the second-generation Kia Sephia was hit with a $40 million jury award in a faulty seatbelt case, the inexpensive Korean is on the wrong side of another court verdict. This time it has to do with the brakes on the 1997-2000 Sephias, which were accused of wearing out too quickly. An owner in Pennsylvania sued, led to a class-action case against Kia and a Pennsylvania court awarding each of the 9,400 plaintiffs $600 in reimbursement, with the judgment totaling some $5.6 million.

After 11 years of the case and appeals, the U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear it, rendering the verdict final. That's not the end of Kia's involvement in the matter, though: Sephia owners in other states have also brought suit, with claimants in New Jersey due to receive up to $750 each for the same issue.


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      kjt1956
      • 2 Years Ago
      thats what you get when you buy crap
      rudy
      • 2 Years Ago
      matrix, toyota was the only auto manufacturer that had recalls in 2010, and to all those that bought imports, be American ,buy American. Keep Americans working not foreigners.
        Marques Bland
        • 2 Years Ago
        @rudy
        People really need to understand what "Global economy" means. Seriously. And believe me, Toyota was not the only manufacturer to have a recall in 2010.
      • 2 Years Ago
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        chickenflauta
        • 2 Years Ago
        Quite a bit has changed in 15 years, hun
        Clarke Bouma
        • 2 Years Ago
        This vehicle was designed before the Hyundai Kia merger.....
        futuramautoblog
        • 2 Years Ago
        According to your thesis, any Apple product is.. well.. a failure?
        Kahz
        • 2 Years Ago
        I'm not what you would label a 'fan', but I like good cars. Also, this is regarding 1997 Kias and they've come a long way, so I doubt anyone's a fan of their cars back in 1997!
      dukeisduke
      • 2 Years Ago
      This was when Kia was building crapcans.
      Bill Wendt
      • 2 Years Ago
      I have ownwd several Kias and never had a problem with them.
      Matthew
      • 2 Years Ago
      Kia = Junk.from Korea.
        wrobwarn34
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Matthew
        these cars have no resale value at all. we have a 2005 van that cost 26000.00 now it is worth 3000.oo so there you are
          charlnessa
          • 2 Years Ago
          @wrobwarn34
          So your van is 8 years old, and it cost you $23,000.00 over the eight years to have it which is $7.87 a day to have it. Not counting insurance, gas and repairs. I would say that not a bad deal. A rental car costs at least two to three times that much on a daily basis.
      Matrix
      • 2 Years Ago
      should of bought a toyota, toyotas never have brake problems, heck no problems on toyotas ever! just change the oil and your good to go for 1 million miles.
        terrybayma
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Matrix
        No problem, they just run themselves into walls with the gas pedal stuck to the floor.
          wiccadways
          • 2 Years Ago
          @terrybayma
          Uh-huh. Just like all those Audis did in the 80's. You know, Audi was COMPLETELY exhonorated of those hysterical claims. Hit the wrong pedal? Blame the manufacturer- even though there are experts who state that what you are claiming is physically impossible. In the case of Toyota, if you can't tell that your floor mat is creeping up each time you get into the car (and they do- my car actually has a hole in the driver-side mat that fits over a hook in the floor just to prevent this), then take the damn bus...
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Matrix
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      Mike Oxmall
      • 2 Years Ago
      amazing that the supreme court didn't rule for a corporation this time.
      chickenflauta
      • 2 Years Ago
      Is it really worth 10+ years of litigation for $600, especially when your lawyer will get half of that? That doesn't even get you a down payment on a new 2012 Kia.
      natron3030
      • 2 Years Ago
      WHAT IS A CHEVY LUMINA ALEX!!?!!!! BURRRRRRRRRRZZZZZZ BURZZZ I'm sorry that is incorrect
        BG
        • 2 Years Ago
        @natron3030
        The Lumina, one of the sorriest examples of compromise on 4 wheels that I can remember. Yuck. Double Yuck.
      Randy
      • 2 Years Ago
      Kia means junk in korean!
        Matrix
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Randy
        According to Kia Motors, the name "Kia is roughly translated as arise or come up out of Asia or Rising out of Asia
      zoom_zoom_zoom
      • 2 Years Ago
      I've GOT to "Supreme Court refuses to hear Kia appeal" Were their ears cut off from Elantra airbags?
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