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Hyundai, Kia Reach $395M Preliminary False Mileage Class Action Lawsuit Settlement


This is a settlement for the Hyundai Faces Elantra Gas Mileage Class Action lawsuit.

Detroit, MI: A preliminary $395 settlement has been reached in a consumer fraud class action pending against Hyundai Motor Corp. and Kia Motors alleging gas mileage rating were overstated by the automotive manufacturers. The settlement will affect some 600,000 of Hyundai' 2011-13 models and about 300,000 of Kia's 2011-13 models in the US.

In November 2012, Hyundai and Kia Motors agreed to restate expected gas mileage for 1.1 million vehicles in North America, following an investigation by the Environmental Protection Agency. 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' 2011-13 models and about 300,000 of Kia's 2011-13 models in the U.S. Hyundai' settlement is valued at up to $210 million, while Kia' is valued at $185 million.

The 2012 restatement reduced Hyundai-Kia' 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 Detroit News reports. Exact figures will depend on how many customers elect to participate in the settlement' one-time lump sum payment option or remain in the lifetime reimbursement program, the automakers said.

The settlement will resolve more than 50 lawsuits filed across the country to address the issue. Hyundai agreed to add the option of taking a lump sum payment. 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 example, an owner of a 2012 Elantra would receive a lump sum payment of $320 minus any previous reimbursement payments. 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.

A federal judge is expected to review the proposed settlement for preliminary approval in early 2014. If approved, settlement notices will be sent to individual class members. Initial details of the settlement are available at hyundaimpginfo.com or www.kiampginfo.com.

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Published on Jan-2-14


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I HAVE A ELANTRA 2010 ,, IS THERE ANY WAY MY CAR CAN COLLECT ANY $$$ ,, MY CAR HAS NEVER GOTTEN ANY MPG HIGHER THAN ONLY 22MPG !! EVEN THOUGH I WAS TOLD THAT I SHOULD GET CLOSE TO 30MPG IF I CAN QUALIFY FOR SOME $$$ THEN PLEASE CONTACT ME ASAP !!

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