Hyundai, Kia Face Class Action Law Suit For Inaccurate MPG Labels

Hyundai and Kia recently acknowledged to the EPA that some of their 2011 to 2013 model year cars have inaccurate fuel economy rating labels.

Now the automakers are named in a lawsuit filed November 4 in U.S. District Court in Ohio as a result of the mislabeling.

According to Automotive News the suit seeks unspecified damages – as well as class-action status – for U.S. consumers who purchased or leased any of the eight Hyundai and five Kia models listed in the action.

The suit also asks the court to permit Ohio consumers who bought Hyundai or Kia vehicles with misstated mileage labels to back out of their purchase or lease agreements.

The legal action was brought by Molly Simons, who purchased a 2012 Kia Rio this past spring; and Rebecca Sanders and Jeffrey Millar, who purchased a 2013 Hyundai Elantra last month.

Last Friday, Hyundai and Kia said mileage ratings would be readjusted for the approximately 900,000 cars affected in the U.S., and for the 172,000 Canadian models involved.

An EPA inquiry was prompted by consumer complaints that actual miles-per-gallon performance from 2012 Hyundai Elantra models weren’t meeting those mpg ratings listed on window stickers.

The Korean automakers are blaming the incorrect fuel economy labels on procedural errors during testing.

Kia and Hyundai said customers would receive compensation based on vehicle mileage, the length of time the vehicle has been owned, as well as the local price of gas. Reimbursements will be ongoing as long as vehicles involved in the process are in the hands of the original owner.

To see which vehicles are involved and to obtain information on reimbursement, U.S. customers can visit www.HyundaiMPGinfo.com and www.KiaMPGinfo.com; Canadian customers can visit www.HyundaiFuelConsumption.ca, and www.KiaFuelConsumption.ca.

Automotive News reports that in July this year a consumer group sued Hyundai in California over fuel economy claims. This Calif. suit, like the Ohio matter, also requests the court grant class-action status, unspecified damages, and that Hyundai be prevented from advertising mpg numbers without government-mandated disclosures for 2012 Elantras.

Automotive News


  • Steve howarth

    I recently purchased a 2012 elantra and the fuel efficiency for the 1800 auto is phenomenal and it is unmatched in its class. a truly worthy recipient of the car of the year 2012 sa.

  • nae

    I’m pissed because the value of the care should be less. Especially since I LOST 6 MPG on my rating… WHICH IS DEFINITELY CORRECT!! I’ve called to complain to my KIA and asking how on earth I could get those miles. I’ve tried everything! They told me that I could bring my car to them with a full tank of gas and then give them the money to fill it up again and they would test it. WTF, REALLY?! Nice.

    I love my car, but, the value has gone down a lot. I want the money back.

  • DocDragon

    I’m not a fan of law suits, but this might set a precedence to all other car makers to be careful with bloated MPG claims. I’m currently eyeing on Ford C-Max’s claim of 47 mpg, which are reported to be very “optimistic…” ;)

  • hybridhybrid

    want fuel economy? get a hybrid, enough said. can’t afford one? then drive a cheap junk.

  • Berty

    I own a 2013 Rio and noticed the poor fuel economy right away. Kia needs to get punished badly for their false 40 mpg claim because many (like me) purchased these cars mainly for that. I would have bought a Yaris if not for the 40 mpg claim. I want my money back also. Nothing else Kia does will satisfy me since I don’t trust them anymore

  • BertyMiser

    I own a 2013 Rio and noticed the poor fuel economy right away. Kia needs to get punished badly for their false 40 mpg claim because many (like me) purchased these cars mainly for that. I would have bought a Yaris if not for the 40 mpg claim. I want my money back also. Nothing else Kia does will satisfy me since I don’t trust them anymore

  • FuelMiserMan

    I own a 2013 Rio and noticed the poor fuel economy right away. Kia needs to get punished badly for their false 40 mpg claim because many (like me) purchased these cars mainly for that. I would have bought a Yaris if not for the 40 mpg claim. I want my money back also. Nothing else Kia does will satisfy me since I don’t trust them anymore

  • Jonathan

    Hey, I was wondering how do I join the law suit? I have a 2013 Kia Rio and i’m very unpleased with the MPH. They are going to offer me 17 bucks? 17 bucks? I lost 6 mpg this is annoying.

  • Dwayne

    lol, get over yourselves… come join us in the real world when you are done feeling sorry for yourself.

  • al kulhawik jr

    i get lousy milage with the kia soul i leased wasnt told at signing for lease of law suits against kia false mpgs would like to find lawyer to sue for dealer fraud also have other issues about kia dealer call al at 616 482 9334

  • RoC1909

    Uh….has anyone in your life EVER lied to you? Curious, because you must not trust ANYONE. Give me a f’ing break! You people make it sound like it’s the end of the world. Okay, Hyundai and Kia F’ed up. If they attempt to make it right with you, then you have no complaint whatsoever.

  • ducklingkwak

    I purchased a 2013 Veloster which was listed at 40 MPG, but I generally seem to be getting around 28-29 MPG. One of the biggest reasons for purchasing the Veloster (non-turbo) was because of it’s high MPG. Is it possible to get a refund on it?

  • b schuler

    I had A 2011 ELANTRA LIMITED.Piece of junk combined mileage was 25 that was mostly highway and tried very hard to get claimed mileage dealer and hyundai didn’t care told me to complain to EPA.Well they got what they wished for.Also front end clunks and rattles like an old car with to many miles.Got rid of it after 25000 miles.Oh wait im getting $150.00 for my thousands lost,i shoulden’t complain!

  • Augie

    I get around 30 in city and the highest ive gotten on highway was 36

  • rjpitkin

    I have a CMax. You wil seldom get 47 mpg. Typical is 38. I’m sure Ford will be sued next.