The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that Hyundai and Kia will change the fuel economy estimates for most of their 2012 and 2013 vehicles. Consumer complaints prompted and EPA audit, which discovered that there were discrepancies between their test results and the information provided by the auto manufacturers. According to an EPA press release, “The mileage on most vehicle labels will be reduced by one to two mpg, and the largest adjustment will be six mpg for the Kia Soul.” The mileage estimates were overstated on over one million vehicles in North America.

The Detroit News reported that current and former owners of affected Hyundai and Kia models will receive debit cards with amounts commensurate with the extra gas money spent due to the actual lower gas mileage of the vehicles, plus 15 percent. According to the article, “Hyundai said a typical owner of a vehicle in Florida driving 15,000 miles a year could get an $88 refund this year, in addition to future refunds for as long as they own the car.”

If you own a late model Hyundai or Kia, you can visit the carmakers’ websites for more information: http://www.hyundaimpginfo.com and http://www.kiampginfo.com.