KIA Sephia Defective Brake NJ Class Action Info

Case Summary: On February 16, 2001 owners of 1997-2000 KIA Sephia’s brought suit against KIA Motors in the Superior Court of New Jersey, due to a defective front brake system which resulted in:

  • Brake pads and rotors to excessively wear out
  • Noise issues such as squeals and groans
  • Constant repairs and replacements

            The Court certified a Class and the lawsuit went to trial beginning in May 2008. On June 6, 2008 the jury issued a verdict in favor of the Class. The jury decided the front braking system was defective, that Kia did not take steps to fix the defect, and that Kia did not satisfy the warranty. The jury further decided that each Class Member suffered $750 in losses.

            On November 24, 2008 the Court decided Class Members should receive payments related to their individual front brake repairs. The Court later ordered that Class Members who want to receive a payment must submit a Claim Form.  Please use the documents below for submitting your claim.  We have also provided documents from both the case proceedings and the jury trial.