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Kia and Hyundai Fuel Mileage Mistake Results in Gas Cards to 900,000 Drivers

November 20, 2012 By: LemonLaw Category: Car Lemon Law, fuel economy, hyundai, kia

It’s a common issue we often hear about from distressed drivers–lackluster gas mileage.  What do you do when the MPG estimate is way off and what can be done about it?

In most situations, unless repairs are being done to fix the situation, there is no opportunity for remedy or recourse under Lemon Law or Federal Law.  However, the Environmental Protection Agency recently called Kia and Hyundai to task for their significantly inflated estimates and as a result, the manufacturer is moving forward in issuing gas cards to nearly a million drivers. One  estimate for the Kia Soul inflates the mileage by as much as 6 miles per gallon according to an article in the Los Angeles Times. Now, there are hundreds of thousands of drivers out there who are expected to continue to make their payments and deal with these Kia and Hyundai fuel mileage issues.  And sadly, this problem will also affect their trade in and resale value when it comes time to trade their vehicle in.

But is a gas card really enough for folks who purchased cars specifically based on gas mileage claims?  We don’t think so, and that holds especially true for folks who have already complained to their dealer repeatedly about not getting the fuel mileage promised.

If you received a Hyundai or Kia gas card and have proof that you previously reported an issue with your fuel mileage, you need to look into your rights.  Visit our Lemon Law Attorney Directory to find a lawyer in your state who may be able to help.

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4 Responses to “Kia and Hyundai Fuel Mileage Mistake Results in Gas Cards to 900,000 Drivers”

  1. #1 Sandra Harmon says:

    What if I did not previously report the mpg problem to my dealer–am I still able to seek help? I should get 27 in the city, and I’m lucky if I get 22. I did file on the web site and have taken my 2013 Soul in to have the mileage verified.

  2. #2 Raj says:

    I bought a Kia Sorento 2011 model in 2010 and they promised a mileage of 26 in city but I never saw that while driving in the city. I am totally unaware of the lawsuit against this until today. So can I still be entitled to get compensation from KIA even though I did not file my complaint before.

    Please advise.

  3. #3 LemonLaw says:

    @Raj: You need to contact Kia directly.

  4. #4 Wayne says:

    I have gotten better than EPA rated mileage from our 2011 Sonata, 2013 Elantra, and our 2014 Kia Optima. I’d say, if you can’t make the numbers – try to work, some, on your driving technique.

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