Hyundai, Kia Owners Will Get Compensation Over Mileage

If you drive a 2011, 2012 or 2013 Hyundai or Kia, sold through October 31, 2012, you just may be eligible for compensation. Following discussions with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), found both Hyundai Motor America and Kia Motors America guilty of posting false fuel economy estimates on window stickers. This will equate to millions of dollars in compensation to go to around 900,000 drivers that have bought a Hyundai or Kia effected by these false claims. Of course the estimates will also be updated to reflect the true values, which means 35% of the Hyundai and Kia vehicles will be updated with correct information.

The compensation to drivers of the Hyundai and Kia vehicles that were sold with false estimates will be compensated based on their odometer readings, and both automakers will add an additional 15% over the dollar value. An example of this is if a driver has put 15,000 miles on their vehicle, they will get an adjustment of 1 mpg, so they would receive about $88 in compensation. These payments will be made via prepaid debit cards.

“Given the importance of fuel efficiency to all of us, we’re extremely sorry about these errors,” said John Krafcik, president and CEO of Hyundai Motor America. “When we say to Hyundai owners, ‘We’ve got your back,’ that’s an assurance we don’t take lightly. We’re going to make this right for everyone, and we’ll be more driven than ever to ensure our vehicles deliver outstanding fuel economy.”

“As a customer-focused organization, we are fully committed to providing consumers with complete and accurate information, and deeply regret the errors were made,” said Byung Mo Ahn, group president and CEO, Kia Motors America and Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia. “Our reimbursement program is intended to ensure that all affected Kia customers quickly receive fair compensation.”

News Source: The Detroit News

Author: John Storey

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