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Hyundai, Kia Face $775M Lawsuit for False MPG Claims

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A second lawsuit is now being brought against Hyundai and Kia for their incorrect mpg claims, seeking $775 million on behalf of 23 plaintiffs. 

It was filed in the U.S. Central District Court in Los Angeles, and is seeking compensation for lost resale value on the customers Hyundai and Kia models. The suit claims that the compensation program offered by the two Korean companies does not cover the lost value of the vehicles.

“Plaintiffs and the Class have been damaged by Hyundai’s and Kia’s misrepresentations, concealment, and non-disclosure of the incorrect fuel economy numbers, because they were misled into purchasing Hyundais and Kias of a quality different than they were promised, and paying higher fuel costs they would not otherwise have paid,” the suit says.

The $775 million value was conceived through a formula which accounts for the vehicles worth, and the miles driven over the likely economic life of the car.

Despite the false mpg claims, some experts believe that Hyundai and Kia vehicles’ resale value will be unaffected.

[Source: Automotive News]

17 Comments

pissed off says:

My 2013 KIA Rio now has a new problem at 20k miles , both of Its headlights shut off when driving at night on the freeway in high or low beam and after 5 days in the shop neither Kia Corporate or the Dealer ship knows how to repair it . I bought this car out right only to see it devalue by 10k because of the lies from this company . But this will force them to buy it back through the State of Florida`s lemon law act .