A total of 600,000 owners of Hyundai cars, and 300,000 owners of Kia cars in the US will receive this compensation. Affected customers have the option of either collecting one-time lump-sum pay, or opt for the ‘lifetime reimbursement’ program. Under this, owners will get debit cards, which they can use to clear the difference in mileage claimed by manufacturer at time of the car was bought, and the revised mileage claim (which was made in Nov 2012).
“Hyundai’s willingness to create a way for its customers to receive all of their future extra fuel expenses in a lump sum shows they are serious about making things right for their customers,” said Rob Carey, a Hagens Berman partner working on the case. “Hyundai stepped up – and its customers will now get a full recovery without the inconvenience of repeated dealership visits and paperwork.” For more information, scroll through the press release below.
HYUNDAI MOTOR AMERICA RESOLVES LITIGATION FOLLOWING RESTATEMENT OF FUEL ECONOMY RATINGS
Automaker Provides Alternative Choice of Single “Lump Sum” Payment To Take Care of Affected Owners
ORANGE COUNTY, Calif., December 23, 2013 – Hyundai Motor America today announced that it has entered into an agreement with current and former owners and lessees of vehicles affected by the automaker’s November 2012 restatement of fuel economy ratings. The adjustment affected approximately 27 percent of Hyundai 2011-13 model year vehicles, reducing their combined city/highway fuel economy by 1-2 mpg. While today’s settlement agreement is valued at up to approximately $210 million, that number is dependent on how many customers elect to participate in the settlement’s one-time lump sum payment option or remain in the lifetime reimbursement program Hyundai introduced at the time of the restatement.
“We are pleased with the proposed settlement,” said W. Gerald Flannery, general counsel of Hyundai Motor America. “It demonstrates the ongoing Hyundai commitment to taking care of its customers.”
At the time of the restatement in 2012, Hyundai provided a lifetime reimbursement program to cover the additional fuel costs associated with the rating change – plus a 15 percent premium in acknowledgment of the inconvenience to customers. Affected owners and lessees are compensated based on their actual mileage and the fuel costs for the region in which they live.
“Customers responded favorably to the original reimbursement program,” added Flannery. “Today’s settlement is designed to provide them with an option, again intended to make customers fully whole for Hyundai’s fuel economy ratings restatement.”
To address plaintiffs’ claims including the requirement to return to a dealership for mileage verification, which plaintiffs felt could deter participation in the reimbursement program, Hyundai agreed to add a lump sum payment option. The proposed cash lump sum amount, which varies by vehicle model and ownership type, will result in an average estimated payment of $353 to Hyundai owners and lessees. For example, an owner of a 2012 Elantra would receive a lump sum payment of $320 minus any previous reimbursement payments. Affected Hyundai owners may elect the one-time lump sum cash payment or remain in the automaker’s lifetime reimbursement program; the choice is theirs. Consumers can also elect other options, such as a dealership credit of 150 percent of the lump sum cash payment amount, or a credit of 200 percent of the cash amount toward the purchase of a new Hyundai vehicle.
“Hyundai’s willingness to create a way for its customers to receive all of their future extra fuel expenses in a lump sum shows they are serious about making things right for their customers,” said Rob Carey, a Hagens Berman partner working on the case. “Hyundai stepped up – and its customers will now get a full recovery without the inconvenience of repeated dealership visits and paperwork.”
The Court is expected to review the proposed settlement for preliminary approval in early 2014. Assuming preliminary approval is granted, notices will be sent to individual class members. Initial details of the settlement are available now at www.hyundaimpginfo.com. A more in-depth website dedicated to the settlement will be established following preliminary approval by the Court.