Hyundai and its sister company Kia are agreeing to pay $41.2 million to 33 states and the District of Columbia in a settlement over inflated fuel economy numbers for about a quarter of its vehicle lineup.
This dates all the way back to 2012.
Here’s what happened if you don’t remember. In November 2012, Hyundai voluntarily adjusted fuel economy ratings for roughly 25 percent of its 2011-2013 model year cars. It basically reduced fuel economy by 1-2 miles per gallon. Even though Hyundai provided a lifetime reimbursement program to compensate affected customers, there was a class action lawsuit. Hyundai then offered a lump sum cash payment to customers who didn’t want to go to dealerships to get their mileage verified.
The money from the settlement will go to settle the states’ consumer protection claims and cover investigative costs. In its statement, Hyundai points out the agreement “importantly” contains no admission of any wrongdoing or violations of any law.
Hyundai Motor maintains a dedicated website – www.hyundaimpginfo.com – and owner hotline to provide detailed information about the vehicles involved and reimbursement options for customers.