The lawsuit alleges that the occupant in the rear cannot access the seat belt when the split seat is folded down.
Jun 1, 2021 – A Kia Soul class action lawsuit alleges that seat belts for occupants on the passenger side of vehicles are unavailable when the split rear seats are folded down.
The 2020-2021 Kia Souls come with 60/40 split folding rear seats that are advertised as being suitable to fit “your friends and their luggage”.
But the Kia class action lawsuit alleges that the seat belt is inaccessible to the rear passenger when the driver’s side of the split rear seat is folded down.
The 2020 California owner of Kia Soul, who filed the class action lawsuit, says Kia never warned him or any other owner or renter that the rear seat belts could not be used with the rear seats folded.
This means that customers could only find out about the alleged problem after buying or leasing the Kia Soul.
Although the vehicles are still under warranties, the class action lawsuit alleges that Kia dealers are refusing to fix the alleged problem that is preventing rear passengers from wearing their seat belts.
A Kia Soul was not on display and the plaintiff says that Kia apparently has no idea what to do with the seat belts and the automaker did not offer to reimburse all costs related to the seat belts and the folded rear seats.
The occupants of the rear Kia Soul are in danger without access to the seat belts, and all because of the folding seat function promoted by Kia.
In addition to losing use of one of the rear seat belts, the Soul class action lawsuit alleges vehicle values have declined due to Kia’s “wrongdoing”.
According to the Kia Soul class action lawsuit, the automaker should have known it misrepresented the vehicles since it was Kia that made the Souls.
Kia Soul’s class action lawsuit has been filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California: James Javier Maurico, v. Kia Motors America, Inc., et al.
The plaintiff is represented by Veen, PC and Bisnar | Chase LLP.