If you own a Kia or Hyundai vehicle sold between 2010 and 2012, heads up: the fuel economy flap involving both Hyundai and Kia continues in Canada, though not the United States.
Both Korean brands have announced a settlement in response to consumer lawsuits related to incorrect fuel economy ratings. Various sources say Hyundai and Kia in the U.S. will pay up to $395-million to settle consumer lawsuits. The average Hyundai payment comes to $353, while at Kia the estimated average payment will come to $667 (all figures in U.S. dollars), notes Edmunds.com.
The Canadian arms of Kia and Hyundai, however, say they hope to settle a class action suit in Canada related to the misstated fuel economy numbers – but offer no time frame.
Both brands of Hyundai Motor said in late November, 2012 that the original fuel consumption ratings for approximately 172,000 vehicles sold between 2010 and 2012 were incorrect. In the U.S., more than 900,000 vehicles were similarly involved.
Kia and Hyundai say procedural errors in testing led to the incorrect numbers. Hyundai and Kia revised upwards their average combined fleet fuel consumption ratings by 0.3 litres per 100 km for the 2013 model year.
Both Hyundai and Kia in Canada apologized for the errors at the time of the revelation. And both offered current and former Hyundai and Kia owners a reimbursement program. Owners have been offered a pre-paid credit card for the amount they would have saved had they achieved the originally advertised fuel economy – plus 15 per cent.
Of course, at least a few owners are waiting to see what will come of the legal action under way in Canada – with an eye to the deal done in the U.S.
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