SEOUL -- To enhance safe driving, South Korea's Hyundai auto group promised to expand the application of new engine monitoring technology and provide lifetime guarantees equally to domestic and American owners of vehicles installed with its Theta II GDI engines.
The move came after the auto group reached a class action settlement with American customers of vehicles installed with Theta II GDI (gasoline direct injection) engines and filed for preliminary approval with a U.S. court.
The group said Friday that domestic and U.S. customers would be treated equally in the expanded application of a knock sensor detection system (KSDS) and lifetime guarantees. Compensation would be provided to customers who have experienced engine defects.
The knock sensor detection system continuously monitors engine vibrations for unusual dynamic patterns that develop as an engine connecting rod bearing wears abnormally in a way that could later cause engine seizure.
Theta is a four-cylinder gasoline engine family. Theta II GDI engines have direct injection. That means the fuel is injected directly into each cylinder by special multi-hole direct injectors.
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