The Kia reimbursement program is a program in which Kia pays an average of $667 to every claimant of a class-action lawsuit against the motor company. The lawsuit against Kia claimed that the company exaggerated the estimates of Kia vehicles' fuel economy.
Suits were filed by 53 plaintiffs in 2012 following a restatement by Kia in 2012 after a rival industry executive reported that both Kia and Hyundai were misleading customers with ratings to the Environmental Protection Agency. The suits were then consolidated and brought to trial as a class-action lawsuit.
The reported difference in fuel economy is between 1 and 4 miles per gallon. Soon after the restatement by Kia, the company established a lifetime reimbursement program, in which affected drivers were allowed to periodically return to the dealership to have their mileage checked and then be reimbursed accordingly. The new reimbursement program, offered after the suit, offers a lump-sum payment and was created in an attempt to cut down on paperwork and inconvenience for Kia drivers.
Models that are included in the case are the 2011 Optima HEV, seven 2012 models and six 2013 models. The full list of details is on Kia’s website, where drivers can see if their car is affected and if they qualify for reimbursement.