Hence, both automakers were forced to reduce their fleet fuel economy level by an average of 3 percent. More to the point, from 27 mpg to 26 mpg. "I sincerely apologize to all affected Hyundai and Kia customers, and I regret these errors occurred,” said W. C. Yang, CTO of Hyundai's R&D department.
After the damage was done and the correction was made, the United States legal system then reaped the gains of this mess-up because no one and no company is above the law. And so, here we are today. The $41.2 million mentioned before were settled as a result of the relentless legal action taken by the Attorneys General of 33 States and the District of Columbia.
According to Hyundai, the agreement “contains no admission of any wrongdoing or violations of any law.” In other words, Hyundai got out of the mess scot-free, albeit $41.2 million shorter on cash. At the end of the day, though, it should be noted that this wrongdoing pales in comparison to the world-encompassing Dieselgate emissions scandal, which saw the Volkswagen Group pay up $14.7 billion to settle the 2.0 TDI issue in the United States.
“Even with our adjusted ratings, we are encouraged that Hyundai continues to lead the automotive industry in fuel efficiency and environmental performance,” said David Zuchowski, the CEO of Hyundai Motor America.