Hyundai and Kia misstated MPG on some models, now 900,000 owners are getting money back

Kia and Hyundai pay for mistake

TAMPA BAY - Automakers Hyundai and Kia overstated fuel economy on more than 900,000 late model vehicles. Now owners will be getting debit cards with money on them.

As a result, the automakers have written to 900,000 owners, offering to pay for the mistake.  In the notice, Hyundai and Kia admit that the fuel economy label on the vehicles was misstated due to errors in their test procedures.

To cover the additional fuel costs, the automakers will issue debit cards to the owners of more than one third of all 2011 to 2013 model years.

Payment will be based on fuel price and miles driven. The cards will include a 15 percent bonus to make up for inconvenience.

Everyone who received a letter will have a year to register for the reimbursement program.  But dealers will reload the cards for as long as customers own their car.

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