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Wisconsin to get piece of Kia, Hyundai settlement

Wisconsin will get a cut of a $41.2 million settlement 33 states reached with car manufacturers over claims that they misrepresented mileage and fuel economy for some of their vehicles.

Attorney General Brad Schimel announced Thursday that Wisconsin will get $920,758.22 of that settlement, which stems from a multi-state investigation of the automakers Hyundai and Kia. The investigation stemmed from fuel-estimate adjustments the companies are believed to have made when gasoline prices were high in the U.S.

The two automakers announced in 2012 that they were adjusting and restating the fuel economy ratings for their 2011, 2012 and 2013 models following revelations that the companies had overstated their fuel efficiency.

The 33 states alleged that Hyundai and Kia incorporated that inflated data into the mileage rating displayed on window stickers of cars throughout the country, as well as in advertisements. Thousands of customers are believed to have been misled.

About Erika Strebel, erika.strebel@wislawjournal.com

Erika Strebel is the law beat reporter for the Wisconsin Law Journal and a law school student at UW-Madison. She can be reached at 414-225-1825.

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