Hyundai announced that it will make lump sum payments to approximately 600,000 owners of vehicles from the 2011-2013 model years as settlement for 38 federal lawsuits filed after it exaggerated fuel economy of its cars, including the Elantra sedan. Payments, however will vary based on the vehicle and the amount of mileage overstated.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which found discrepancies between its own test results and company figures on 13 Hyundai and Kia vehicles last, forcing the companies to retract claims that they led the industry with four models that get 40 miles per gallon on the highway. According to EPA records the estimated highway mileages of the 2013 Accent, Veloster and Elantra actually fell to 37 or 38 mpg, while the “combined average fuel economy for Hyundai and Kia models dropped to 26 mpg from 27 mpg for the 2012 model year.”
At that time, both Hyundai Motor America CEO John Krafcik, and Michael Sprague, executive vice president for marketing at Kia Motors America issued public apologies for “faulty” claims made by his company regarding estimated fuel economy on more than 900,000 U.S. vehicles sold over the past two years.
In the meantime, Hyundai’s sister company, Kia Motors is still deciding whether to participate in the settlement. 300,000 Kia owners are affected.
For more information please contact Hyundai Motor America at P.O. Box 20850, Fountain Valley, CA 92728-0850, or call them Mon.-Fri. 5am-7pm PST, Sat.-Sun. 6:30am-3pm PST at 800 633-5151.