December 10, 2019, PLLR News
Hyundai Sonata’s faulty wiring causes catastrophic home fire
A couple sued the automaker, alleging their vehicle’s faulty wiring led it to self-ignite, causing a fire in their carport that completely engulfed their home. Claims included strict liability, negligence, and breach of warranty. The jury awarded more than $754,800. Peterson v. Hyundai Motor Co.
Larry and Gloria Peterson owned a Hyundai Sonata Hybrid. While parked in the couple’s carport, the vehicle self-ignited, causing a fire that completely engulfed their home. As a result, the Petersons’ home was lost, including their valuables and heirlooms.
The Petersons sued Hyundai Motor Co., alleging strict liability, negligence, and breach of warranty. The plaintiffs claimed that the self-ignition and subsequent fire resulted from the vehicle’s faulty wiring.
The jury awarded more than $754,800, including costs.
Citation: Peterson v. Hyundai Motor Co., No. 160401657 (Utah Dist. Ct. Utah Cnty. June 6, 2019).
Plaintiff counsel: AAJ member John E. Hansen, Bradley W. Madsen, and Trent J. Waddoups, all of Salt Lake City.