The Environmental Protection Agency, with the help of the Department of Justice, laid the smack down on two automotive giants. For overstating the gas mileage of 1.2 million vehicles, Hyundai and Kia were forced to pay the price. The settlement includes a $100 million Clean Air Act penalty and the forfeiting of over $200 million worth of greenhouse gas credits.Clean Air Act
The Clean Air Act and its regulations aim to protect human health and the environment, in part, by reducing harmful emissions from mobile sources of air pollution.
Automotive makers must receive certification from the EPA before selling new vehicles. The certification ensures that the new vehicles meet emission standards.
The information provided to the EPA by Hyundai and Kia was inaccurate. This lead to miscalculating the amount of emissions Hyundai and Kia’s new vehicles would release into the atmosphere. According to the EPA, the misstated gas mileage equates to roughly 4.75 million more metric tons of greenhouse gases being emitted than Hyundai and Kia were certified for.The EPA’s press release can be read here
Affected Car Owners
Both Hyundai and Kia are reimbursing customers who were mislead. Click the links below to seek compensation: