States settle with Hyundai, Kia for $41.2M

By Mark Iandolo | Nov 1, 2016

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.

"I'm 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.

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