Hyundai nearing settlement of gas mileage cases

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Associated Press

Posted on February 27, 2013 at 4:00 PM

DETROIT (AP) — Hyundai Motor Co. is close to settling 38 federal lawsuits filed after it overstated the fuel economy of its cars.

In a U.S. District Court filing this week, Hyundai says it will make lump-sum payments to nearly 1 million owners of cars and SUVs from the 2011 through 2013 model years, including the Elantra sedan. The amount of the payments wasn't given. They will vary based on the vehicle and how much its mileage was overstated.

Hyundai's sister company, Kia Motors, is still deciding whether to participate in the settlement.

The Environmental Protection Agency found inflated numbers on 13 Hyundai and Kia vehicles in November. Since then, Hyundai has been compensating owners with payments of around $88 annually. Some buyers refused to settle and sued in federal court.

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