Kia to Pay $6 Million to Sephia Owners

June 9, 2008
A jury has ordered South Korean carmaker Kia to pay $6 million to owners of the Sephia sedan to compensate them for defective brake systems. It took jurors in Elizabeth, New Jersey, just one day, following a five-week trial, to decide against the automaker and order the payout of $750 to each of 8,039 owners in the Garden State. They heard complaints that the brakes wore out in 10,000 miles, far less than normal.

It's the second case involving Sephia brakes to go to court. The automaker also lost a verdict in 2005 that awarded $5.6 million to motorists in Pennsylvania.

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