Hyundai, Kia reach $41.2m settlement with multiple states

Hyundai, Kia reach $41.2m settlement with multiple states

Hyundai, Kia reach $41.2m settlement with multiple states

The deal marks the latest in a series of agreements Hyundai and Kia have reached to mop up the aftermath of the fuel economy episode, one of several recent examples of automakers being caught perpetuating inaccurate performance data.

The payment is expected to be made in December.

Two automakers with US headquarters in Orange County Thursday announced they reached a settlement with the attorneys generals in 34 states and the District of Columbia over allegations of misrepresenting the gas mileage of their vehicles.

The settlement, which requires court approval, will result in Pennsylvania receiving $1.6 million, which will be used for future consumer protection efforts.

In 2012, Hyundai and Kia restated the mileage on a quarter of their 2011-2013 model year vehicles after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency questioned their mileage numbers.

Under state and federal law, auto manufacturers must undergo testing set by regulators and use the testing data to make sure the final versions of their cars conform to appropriate safety and environmental standards, Porrino said.

The states alleged Hyundai and Kia incorporated the inflated data into the mileage ratings on window stickers of hundreds of thousands of cars.

According to the release, a group of 33 states and the District of Columbia have settled claims with automakers Hyundai and Kia.

Attorney General Brad Schimel announced Thursday that Wisconsin will get $920,758.22 of that settlement, which stems from a multi-state investigation of the automakers Hyundai and Kia.

These actions were likely to mislead consumers and were material to consumers' decisions to purchase particular vehicles during a time of high gasoline prices.

Kia has paid, or agreed pay $1.4 million to 8,378 Virginia customers through its reimbursement program and $668,000 to 1,825 Virginia class-action claimants.

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