Hyundai Motor America and Kia Motors America have received approval from a California federal judge for a settlement potentially worth more than $255 million. The settlement will resolve claims made in multidistrict litigation (MDL) that the companies overstated the fuel efficiency of more than 900,000 vehicles. U.S. District Judge George H. Wu approved the settlement. But the judge indicated that he still has significant issues with the proposed class notice. In any event, Judge Wu will certify the class and grant preliminary approval to the settlement. The agreement will resolve dozens of consolidated class actions claiming Hyundai and Kia – U.S. distributors for their Korean parents – touted in advertisements and on miles-per-gallon stickers fuel mileage estimates that their vehicles couldn’t achieve.
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