NASHVILLE (WATE) – The state of Tennessee will receive more than $965,000 as a part of a settlement with two automakers.
Tennessee Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III announce that the agreement is a part of a $41.2 million multi-state settlement with Hyundai and Kia. This comes after claims of the companies misrepresenting mileage and fuel economy ratings for certain models. Thirty-three states and the District of Columbia claim the automakers inflated data for mileage ratings on window stickers and used them in advertisements. The states also believe the automakers’ actions led consumers to buy the models when gasoline prices were high.
“When buying a car, consumers should expect honest information from automakers,” Attorney General Slatery said. “If a company intentionally misleads consumers and violates the law, they deserve to be punished.”
In 2012, the automakers said they would be “adjusting and restating” ratings for 2011, 2012 and 2013 models.
“We applaud the work done by Attorney General Slatery and his team on behalf of Tennessee consumers,” said Consumer Protection Director Cynthia Wiel.
Other states included in the settlement are Connecticut, Iowa, Illinois, Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Maryland, Maine, Massachusetts, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada, North California, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.