HyundaiHyundai has agreed to a class action lawsuit settlement with U.S. customers who say they were misled into buying Hyundai vehicles based on window stickers that contained overinflated fuel economy figures.

The amount of the Hyundai fuel economy settlement, filed yesterday in Los Angeles federal court, was not disclosed, but court documents show the proposed deal will provide Hyundai owners the option of a lump-sum payment. Hyundai’s sister company, Kia – which was also sued for overstating MPG estimates – is reportedly evaluating whether to join the class action lawsuit settlement.

The South Korean automakers were sued late last year after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the companies had overstated the gas mileage on over a third of their 2011-2013 model-year vehicles, including the Hyundai Elantra, Hyundai Santa Fe and Kia Soul. The EPA forced the companies to lower the vehicles’ MPG ratings on their window stickers by one to six miles per gallon.

The automakers blamed the discrepancies on “procedural errors” at a joint testing facility in South Korea.

Over 35 consumer lawsuits were filed against Hyundai and Kia over what is being dubbed “MPG Gate.”

Keep checking Top Class Actions for details on how to file a claim for the Hyundai MPG Class Action Lawsuit Settlement once they’re available.

 

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25 Comments

  • Deborah Soto February 28, 2013

    n/a

  • Cindy March 2, 2013

    My 2006 gets only 20mpg if I am lucky.This suit should go back further, to include older models as well.

  • James lockwood March 4, 2013

    Not only does the fuel economy suck, the onboard readout of the mpg overstates actual reults by 3-5 mpg. Everytime. This is fraud .

  • Vicki March 5, 2013

    I agree with Cindy, we have an 09 Santa fe that rarely gets what the stickers claimed. Maybe if we coasted down hill half the time the average would go up.. Unfortunately it’s pretty flat around these parts.

  • Eddie Podgurski March 5, 2013

    So, what exactly does it mean. Do ALL owners of these
    Vehicles that there talking about, get a piece of this?
    I got one of the KIA Sorentos in question. Very curious in Massachusetts.
    Peace.

  • JENNIFER RAVEN March 5, 2013

    my 2011 tucson doesn’t get what the sticker said also. I don’t get 23/31, not even close!

  • Taken by Hyundai March 5, 2013

    I have two of these gas suckers a 2012 Elantra and a 2012 Tuscon.

    Just sold the Elantra for $16K, paid $23K 15,000 mile.
    Took huge loss.

    Where do I sign up?

    My new 2012 Prius gets 50.1 just as the sticker indicates. Great place to check TRUE mileage is http://www.fueleconomy.gov

  • Walter Sonntaq March 5, 2013

    please tell me how to join a class action law suit .I live in torrington ct.

  • Howard Falkenberry March 5, 2013

    had a kia sportage, i didn’t get what it was supposed to, how do i get in on this too, lost slot of money due to it.

  • Geraldine March 5, 2013

    I am retired and spent most of my savings to buy a 2013 Elantra. The gas mileage that was posted on the sticker was paramount in my decision, as I planned to travel cross country this summer. I live on $848.00 a month which does not include enough money required for gas due to the overinflated fuel economy lie that Hyundai posted on its sticker. I wish I could get my money back to purchase a vehicle the is truly fuel efficient.

  • Cathie Cima March 6, 2013

    I currently own 2 Hyundai 2208 Sonata which
    I believe should be included in the MPG, we have watched over time especially when going on vacation get no where close to what sticker
    SAID!!
    Now last week my Husband got the 2013
    Genesis Sedan, after his 2010 Genesis Coupe
    was eating a lot of gas!! I wonder now about the Sedan, we will be watching. They really should go back at least 10 years to check and see MPG per there sticker quotes??
    This I think goes for all makers of cars, any
    way they can screw you they will??
    What would it take for us to fight to have MPG
    checked for the past ten years? I am more
    willingly to start a class action lawsuit…
    Illinois.

  • Gail Rich March 10, 2013

    I have a 2008 Vera Cruz Limited and do not get close to the mileage the sticker claims it to be……….Highway is not much different than everyday driving around town………..

  • Eileen March 21, 2013

    I have a 2010 Elantra. I agree they should go further back. I thought it was me..calculating wrong. But, I see I wasn’t.

  • nancy March 30, 2013

    how do i sign up for the class action suit?

    i purchased my sonata because of the gas consumption
    on the window sticker.

  • Brook Simpson April 17, 2013

    Wish I knew how to be included in this class action suit! I purchased a 2013 Hyundai Elantra mainly due to impressive gas mileage. To later be told from the dealership (NOT the manufacturer) and to have received a gas reimbursement of $29.00 later… I am not a happy camper.

  • Gayle Romanelli May 29, 2013

    I would love to know how to join the lawsuit for my 2013 Hyundai Elantra.

  • tammie May 30, 2013

    I have a 2013 Hyundai accent and I too purchased it for the gas mileage. On top of that, the paint job is cheap, the transmission is funky, the key sticks in the ignition, and a front under panel keeps coming off. I HATE the car now and was lied to when I purchased it. I am going to find out about the lawsuit, but am also thinking about, and going to look into, suing them myself rather than be included in this class action lawsuit. I encourage each of you to do the same. A similar lawsuit was waged against Honda recently, and the woman won and it was a much better settlement than this crap or the class action one against them. I’m looking for a lawyer now.

  • Thomas Hunter June 20, 2013

    I puchased a 2012 Tuscon last fall. I now get a whopping 14miles a gallon. Can anyone tell me how to get a hold of this class action lawyer in Ca. so i can get on the list? I

  • Natalie Stein August 5, 2013

    I bought a 2012 Sonata in large part for the gas mileage claims. Haha! I never average more than 23 MPG!

  • JACK LAY September 9, 2013

    WHERE DO U REGISTER TO RECEIVE NOTICES ABOUT THE HYUNDAI MILAGE LAWSUIT ?U3927

  • Bo Oliver September 28, 2013

    I will give you some lawyer numbers that are handling the class action. Liaison counsel is GIRARD GIBBS LLP at 415-981-4800. Counsel for settling plaintiffs is HAGEN BERMANS SOBOL SHAPIRO at 206-623-7292. There is a certain schedule they have to follow and they may not tell much to class members rather than the plaintiffs. Typically class members don’t get much maybe pennies on the dollar but the attorneys may make millions. My opinion is each class member should get at least $10,000 each from Hyundai-Kia. Documents can be seen at the website Pacer.gov. Documents are no cost until you reach $15.00. The consolidated case is Hyundai and Kia Fuel Economy Litigation and case no. 2:13-ml-02424-GW-FFM. Central District California. To see related videos and commentary see the Youtube site legaladvocate71 that is not sponsored by Hyundai-Kia.

  • Bo Oliver September 29, 2013

    The class action has been split into settling plaintiffs and non-settling plaintiffs. So far court papers show that 11 witnesses have been produced for interviews and more than 185,000 pages of documents have been reviewed. See more info below and also You tube videos at legaladvocate71.

  • Bo Oliver September 29, 2013

    The article above is a little misleading because most of the class actions lawsuits numbering over 30 have not settled yet officially. See Pacer.gov and search for case 2:13-ml-02424-GW-FFM called Hyundai and Kia Fuel Economy Litigation.

  • Zaida Pagliere November 4, 2013

    I bought a 2011 Hyundai Tucson in December 2010.I still have the window sticker where the mileage to be expected is overstated.Complaints to the dealership have been swept under the proverbial rug. I would like to join the class action suit

  • Jeff Cazalot February 9, 2014

    Wish I had found this site b4 I purchased a 2013 Elantra GT about 2 weeks ago. I had 2 vehicles paid for, but neither got good fuel mileage, so I sold one so I could get a new vehicle with high mpg claim, due to job change. I now travel 166 miles, round trip, of which 155 is on interstate. I use to work out of my house. I figured that a vehicle getting 37 mpg would pay for itself in fuel savings and have something more dependable. Dependable is yet to be seen, but 37 mpg looks like will never be seen. So far 29.4 is the best I’ve seen and I use my cruise control all the time. Called Hyundai today and they said that sticker mpg was just a estImate. and depends on ur driving, weight in car, wx, and if you are using any accessories. I’m traveling by myself with 100 pounds of luggage on flat interstate with cruise control on and only getting 29 mpg. They say if I use ac, headlights or any electronics in car that it will even be less. Guess government doesn’t require them to check under normal operation of a vehicle. I should not complain since it looks like I’m in the range of most consumer reviews that I’ve seen.
    Why was hyundai let off so easy and how did they get away with only lowering mpg from 39 to 37 mpg when it looks like most buyers are getting less than 30 mpg? I bought this vehicle based on window sticker stating mpg. My costly mistake. I hope others in search of a vehicle will see this page or consumer reviews that show the real world mpg.
    I would not recommend anybody buying a Hyundai. I will do more research on a vehicle before I ever buy another one, but in the meantime I’m stuck with this vehicle with a note on it that’s not getting much better mpg than my vehicle which was paid for.
    25% off mpg is a big difference. Government regulations on testing need to be changed to normal conditions cause there will always be at least one person in car and maybe more, plus ac or heat, radio, headlights. GIVE ME A BREAK. Who set those rules
    Next time you are buying a car, remember to take 25% off sticker mpg and if you can live with that, you should be ok.

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