Hyundai as well as Kia to Pay $41.2 Million to 33 States for False EPA Estimates
Hyundai as well as Kia have agreed to settle with 33 states after a four-year legal battle over the brands’ inflated fuel-economy estimates.
In total, the Korean automakers will pay $41.2 million to resolve consumer protection claims among the 33 state attorneys general as well as the District of Columbia, which launched investigations after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the automakers had overstated estimates on 900,000 cars in November 2012. Most infamous was Hyundai’s advertisement of a 40-mpg Elantra (as well as its ironic dismissal of rival brands over their low-volume “eco” trims), which turned out to be completely false. Hyundai as well as Kia were forced to lower EPA highway estimates between 1 as well as 6 mpg after they admitted to errors during coasting-test procedures. Cars via the 2011, 2012, as well as 2013 style years were affected.
Initially, Hyundai as well as Kia began mailing prepaid debit cards to all affected owners to compensate for their lower mileage over the lifetime of ownership, along with 15 percent restitution, although which required customers to visit their dealers every year to have their odometers checked. A separate class-action lawsuit forced Hyundai to offer lump-sum payouts totaling $255 million (originally $395 million before which was lowered by a federal judge last year). which doesn’t include the $350 million settlement with the EPA, including $214 million in forfeited greenhouse-gas emissions credits. All told, Hyundai as well as Kia have been penalized somewhere north of $650 million, which, although a huge amount, pales in comparison to Volkswagen’s $14.7 billion as well as counting.
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which latest payout doesn’t mean Hyundai as well as Kia owners will see any more money. The proceeds instead are headed into the states’ coffers.