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News Story
11/4/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Apologizing for overstating the fuel economy on about 900,000 of the vehicles they sold in recent years, Hyundai and Kia will repay owners for the difference in gasoline costs. Hyundai and Kia overstated the fuel economy on more than one-third of the vehicles they sold in recent years, an embarrassing acknowledgment for two of the fastest-growing...
Video
11/3/2012
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Following Consumer Watchdog's letters to the EPA and the White House, the EPA found Hyundai incorrectly tested many of its vehicles, including the Elantra, and came up with inflated window sticker MPG claims. 
Blog Post
11/3/2012
Posted by Jamie Court
If you doubt that writing the White House can make a difference, just look at the letter my Consumer Watchdog colleague Judy Dugan and I wrote to the President in January calling for an audit of the inflated MPG claims for the Hyundai Elantra. Friday, the EPA answered with an announcement that Hyundai and Kia's window sticker claims were...
News Release
11/2/2012
Posted by Jamie Court
Washington, DC -- Consumer Watchdog today praised the Environmental Protection Agency for auditing Hyundai and determining it overstated its sticker mileage estimates on various vehicles, including the Elantra. Following a barrage of consumer complaints, the nonprofit consumer group called upon the EPA to audit mileage of the Elantra in Janaury...
News Story
11/2/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
The South Korean automaker on Friday admitted that nearly 1 million cars sold between 2010 and 2012 did not achieve the mileage claims made in advertisements. The effort that ultimately resulted in admissions from Hyundai and Kia that they overstated mileage estimates all began with a consumer watchdog group in Santa Monica. Jamie Court, of...
News Story
2/7/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
The Super Bowl may have been played and won, but the games go on — with a US buyer’s group now claiming a last-minute touchdown against car making giant Hyundai’s Super Bowl advertising. North American advocacy group Consumer Watchdog says it has forced the South Korean car maker to do a U-turn on game-day advertising for its...
News Story
2/7/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
American Honda’s recent loss in small-claims court to a Southern California woman who argued she was misled about the fuel efficiency of her ’06 Civic Hybrid does not bode well for five class-action suits the auto maker still faces regarding the mileage of ’03-’09 Civic Hybrids. Honda also faces a potential onslaught of...
News Story
2/6/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Honda presented misleading information to the owner of a 2006 Civic Hybrid when it claimed the car could get as many as 50 miles per gallon, according to a legal ruling issued Wednesday. Heather Peters, a Los Angeles resident, said her Civic achieved far less than that, and sued American Honda Motor Co. in Los Angeles Small Claims Court. On...
News Story
2/6/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Hyundai, the popular automotive company, has confirmed that it will be removing the “40 Miles Per Gallon” claim that it made about one of its vehicles, the Elantra, which was featured during the Super Bowl on Sunday. The Consumer Watchdog wanted this claim omitted because they believe it is misleading to consumers. However, Hyundai...
News Story
2/5/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Hyundai has been targeted by Consumer Watchdog, a non-profit advocacy organization, over the automaker's 40 mpg fuel efficiency claim on the Hyundai Elantra. The group says Elantra owners have seen fuel economy averages of 18 and 19 mpg instead of the the 29 mpg city and 40 mpg highway reported by Hyundai and the Environmental Protection...