Kia and Hyundai, the two main Korean automobile manufacturers within the United States have admitted that they overexaggerated the fuel economy delivered by such vehicles as the Kia Sorrento and the Hyundai Elantra by as much as six miles per gallon.

Kia and hyundai‘s claims were found to be untrue due to complaints

This fact was actually discovered by the Environmental Protection Agency during a routine audit and the makers are now having to face sanctions issued by the Government which could potentially come to millions of dollars in fines. The companies have promised to refund money to all buyers of course though they are looking at lawsuits brought on by other manufactuers, after they promoted inaccurate mileage and performance numbers. All in all, this is false advertising.

The Environmental Protection Agency explained in so many words that Customers rely on what they are being told to make decisions about the vehicles they buy. The EPA investigation will protect customers and ensure that automakers are telling the truth in all that they advertise.

The audit was taken out due to the fact that a dozen complaints had been received which oversees federal fuel economy rules. Motorists complained that there was a significant gap between the mileage ratings that were shown on their vehicles stickers and what they actually used in the real world. This led to the agency’s office, where mile testing is done in Ann Arbor Michigan, to compare the results of the test to the paperwork originally submitted by Hyundai and Kia.

There are totals of 900,000 vehicles sold in the United States that could be affected, ranging over 13 different models. Seven different Hyndai’s and Six different Kia’s, amongst them the Hyundai Elantra, Accent and Azera and the Kia Sorrento, Sportage and Optima Hybrid and the Soul.

The makers claim that the problem was caused due to the change of internal testing procedures in 2010, explaining that they believe any vehicles produced before this time shouldn’t have their mileage restated. Most of the models numbers were exaggerated by around two miles per gallon, though the Kia Soul will have to have it’s claims adjusted by six miles per gallon.

Hyundai Motor America has expressed it’s sincerest apologies and explained that they are highly driven in doing everything possible to make these errors right. Kia Motors also apologies and explained that both makers will be reimbursing customers due to the difference in the fuel economy numbers.

What are Kia and Hyundai going to do?

This news of course comes as extremely embarrassing for both of the Manufacturers. Due to Gas Prices reaching record levels and exceeding them in States such as Calafornia, Mileage has of course become a battleground within the Motor industry and anyone thought to be exaggerating the truth will of course cause outrage among buyers and will be brought to shame, accidentally or not. Hyundai and Kia have been promoting their efforts of improving mileage highly aggressively with a lot of their models which lead their segments, atleast until now.

It is not however extremely unusual for vehicles to deliver a mileage that differs from the testing of the EPA. The government provides a test cycle designed to reflect real world conditiond, however such things as driver behaviour and of course road conditions can have an impact in changing predictions. However it is seen as rather rare for car makers to exaggerate mileage on Monroney stickers, as this has happened only twice in 12 years. New window stickers are said to be issued straight away by Hyundai and Kia.

Reimbursement plans for owners are in place depending on how much they are driving and calculating that with the cost of fuel, adding 15% to the final figure. For example, an owner from Florida who achieves 15,000 miles a year could receive a debit card for around $88. Hyundai and Kia also claim that they will ensure owners are reimbursed for as long as they own their vehicle.

Of course it is disappointing to be expecting something from a purchase and to find that either it doesn’t happen, or the results have been exaggerated. Lets hope that Hyundai and Kia can put this blip behind them and ensure that all of their customers will be satisfied from now on.