Senior U.S. District Judge James Selna of the Central District of California in Santa Ana. Photo: Jamie Rector for ALM

A federal judge said he planned to preliminarily approve an estimated $200 million class action settlement to resolve defects in Hyundai and Kia vehicles that make them susceptible to theft.

U.S. District Judge James Selna, of the Central District of California, had initially rejected the settlement, citing concerns about the compensation to class members and the proposed software upgrade to fix the vehicles. But after lawyers made changes to the deal, the judge said he would approve the amended agreement at a brief Monday hearing in Santa Ana, California.

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