HARTFORD, Conn. (Legal Newsline) — Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen announced last week that the state will receive $1,490,190 from a multistate settlement with automakers Hyundai and Kia after allegations the companies misrepresented mileage and fuel economy ratings.
"Consumers should be able to trust that the claims auto
manufacturers make about their vehicles' gas mileage are truthful and
accurate," Jepsen said. "This settlement resolves Connecticut's
claims that Hyundai and Kia misled Connecticut consumers about the fuel economy
ratings of certain vehicles both on its window sticker claims and in
advertising campaigns that were distributed widely throughout the state.
grateful to our co-lead and all of our partner states for their cooperation and
coordination, which has helped bring today's settlement to fruition."
The total settlement, worth $41.2 million, was between the
33 states and the District of Columbia and the Hyundai Motor Company, Hyundai
Motor America, Kia Motors Corporation, Inc. and Kia Motors America Inc.
"This settlement is good news for consumers in
Connecticut and throughout the country. It sends a signal to all automobile
manufacturers that they will be held accountable for the fuel economy ratings
they advertise, and deceptive practices will not be tolerated," said state
Department of Consumer Protection Commissioner Jonathan A. Harris.