Hyundai has agreed to a class action lawsuit settlement with U.S. customers who say they were misled into buying Hyundai vehicles based on window stickers that contained overinflated fuel economy figures.
The amount of the Hyundai fuel economy settlement, filed yesterday in Los Angeles federal court, was not disclosed, but court documents show the proposed deal will provide Hyundai owners the option of a lump-sum payment. Hyundai’s sister company, Kia – which was also sued for overstating MPG estimates – is reportedly evaluating whether to join the class action lawsuit settlement.
The South Korean automakers were sued late last year after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the companies had overstated the gas mileage on over a third of their 2011-2013 model-year vehicles, including the Hyundai Elantra, Hyundai Santa Fe and Kia Soul. The EPA forced the companies to lower the vehicles’ MPG ratings on their window stickers by one to six miles per gallon.
The automakers blamed the discrepancies on “procedural errors” at a joint testing facility in South Korea.
Over 35 consumer lawsuits were filed against Hyundai and Kia over what is being dubbed “MPG Gate.”
Keep checking Top Class Actions for details on how to file a claim for the Hyundai MPG Class Action Lawsuit Settlement once they’re available.
UPDATE 1: A settlement has been reached in a class action lawsuit alleging Hyundai Motor America and Hyundai Motor Company misrepresented the fuel economy of certain Hyundai vehicles. Consumers who purchased or leased certain Hyundai vehicles could be eligible for a cash payment or other benefits. Learn more at the Hyundai Fuel Economy Settlement.
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