Hyundai Kia Settlement
Hyundai Kia Case Settles for $6,343,400
In January 2015, a $6,343,400 settlement was reached with Hyundai Kia regarding 2012 and 2013 model year vehicles sold in California. It was determined that Hyundai Kia conducted road load calculations using methods not in compliance with the specified test procedures and in violation of California Health and Safety Code section 43212. Errors in calculating the road load affect the dynamometer coefficients used during emissions testing which can result in errors in the emissions and fuel economy determinations. This settlement was part of a larger US EPA resolution under a consent decree that included Green House Gas (GHG) related fuel economy violations. At the time, Hyundai Kia was considered a small volume manufacturer in California which exempted them from GHG related requirements in California.