The auto industry is certainly having a hard time with EPA fuel-economy ratings.
General Motors is the latest automaker facing a potential problem with the EPA after discovering its 2016 large crossovers have slightly overstated mileage numbers on them.
The numbers slightly overstate the mileage numbers and GM calls it an “inadvertent error”. The labels list the EPA fuel economy ratings “as 1-2 MPG higher than it should have been,” according to the memo obtained by Automotive News.
GM Spokesperson Tom Wilkinson told Automotive News an inadvertent “data transmission” was responsible for the mistake. Wilkinson says GM notified the EPA as soon as it discovered the error and is in discussions with the agency about the matter. The EPA is not commenting.
The automaker is rushing to get replacement labels to dealers so they can start selling the vehicles again. It could be Tuesday before every dealer gets them.
The label is known as the Monroney sticker. It shows the EPA’s official fuel-economy ratings for the vehicle, along with pricing and other information.
Tens of thousands more of the 2016 crossovers with the wrong labels have already been bought by customers. GM will notify customers of the error and send them corrected labels.