After an investigation by the Environmental Protection Agency, Hyundai and Kia Motors agreed to restate expected gas mileage in November 2012 for 1.1 million vehicles in North America. The automakers admitted they after overstated mileage claims on vehicle window stickers for 900,000 vehicles in the United States. The settlement impacts about 600,000 of Hyundai’s 2011-13 models and about 300,000 of Kia‘s 2011-13 models in the U.S.
Hyundai and Kia agreed to provide a lifetime reimbursement program to cover additional fuel costs associated with the rating change — plus a 15 percent premium in acknowledgment of the inconvenience to customers. Owners and drivers leasing vehicles are compensated based on their actual mileage and the fuel costs for the region in which they live; they must go to a dealership to have their odometers read.
The 2012 restatement reduced Hyundai-Kia’s fleetwide average fuel economy from 27 to 26 mpg for the 2012 model year. Individual ratings, depending on the car, will fall from 1 mpg to 6 mpg. Most vehicles saw combined city-highway efficiency drop by 1 mpg.
The global settlement will resolve more than 50 lawsuits filed across the country to address the issue.
The proposed cash amount, which varies by vehicle model and ownership type, will result in an average payment of $353 to Hyundai owners and lessees. For Kia owners, the proposed average cash lump-sum amount will be about $667.
Hyundai and Kia owners can also elect other options such as a dealership credit of 150 percent of the lump sum amount, or a credit of 200 percent of the cash amount toward the purchase of a new Kia or Hyundai.
Additional information about the settlement can be found at hyundaimpginfo.com or www.kiampginfo.com.