Hyundai, Kia owners seek nearly $800 million in EPA gas mileage ratings fiasco

James Raia

Twenty-three owners of Hyundai and Kia models are seeking $775 million in damages in a yet-to-be official class-action suit against the manufacturers who admitted less than one week ago 13 models of their cars failed to meet their advertised fuel-economy ratings as announced by the Environmental Protection Agency.

But the monstrous lawsuit is only one three claim against Kia and Hyundai for inaccurate fuel-efficiency claims, according to Reuters, the international news service.

Another suit has been field in Ohio earlier this week on behalf of three plaintiffs seeking a combined $5 million. One plaintiff is the owner of a 2012 Kia Rio. The remaining plaintiffs are  Canadian couple who now own a 2013 Hyundai Elantra.

And last July, the Consumer Watchdog filed a lawsuit asking for unspecified damages on behalf of one Hyundai Elantra owner in Sacramento, California.

Hyundai and Kia spokespersons have declined to comment on the new lawsuit.

As earlier announced, the Hyundai’s Accent, Azera, Elantra, Genesis, Santa Fe, Sonata Hybrid, Tucson, Veloster and the Kia Optima Hybrid, Rio, Sorento, Soul and Sportage were all sold with inaccurate fuel efficiency rating as much as six mpg.

Article Last Updated: November 9, 2012.

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