LONDON, ON, Nov. 5, 2012 /CNW/ - Hyundai Auto Canada Corp. and Kia Canada Inc.
are being sued by Canadians upset at discovering their cars aren't as fuel
efficient as they were told. The class-action lawsuits have been filed
against both companies by law firm Siskinds LLP in Ontario, and similar
lawsuits are being filed today in Quebec, British Columbia and other Canadian
The class actions allege that Canadians who bought a Hyundai or Kia automobile
between 2010 and 2013 aren't getting the fuel efficiency numbers they were
promised, and that they therefore overpaid for the vehicles, and continue to
overpay every time they fill up with gas.
"Hyundai and Kia spent a lot of time and money selling Canadians a very
compelling story, capitalizing on public concern over rising fuel costs and
the protection of the environment. Unfortunately for Canadians, that was not
the whole story," said Matthew Baer, a lawyer with Siskinds (LLP).
"We have filed class action lawsuits on behalf of these owners because Hyundai
and Kia need to properly compensate Canadians who purchased these vehicles.
They need to explain to Canadians what the real fuel mileage numbers are, and
how long they've been aware of those real numbers. And then they need to
provide proper compensation in line with what these buyers deserve. The
compensation program that the companies have announced certainly helps, but
does not provide a full and adequate remedy."
Canadians who purchased or leased one of the above vehicles are encouraged to
visit www.classaction.ca or to call 1-800-461-6166 ext 2381 for English
enquiries or 514-849-1970 for French enquiries.
The affected vehicles for Hyundai are the 2010 to 2013 Elantra, Sonata Hybrid,
Accent, Genesis, Tucson, Veloster, Elantra Coupe, Elantra GT and Santa Fe.
For Kia, the affected vehicles are the 2010 to 2013 Rio, Sportage, Soul, Soul
ECO, and Optima HEV.
Please contact Matthew Baer at (519) 660-7782
SOURCE: Siskinds LLP
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