Hyundai, Kia Will Pay $100 Million Fine for Understating Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Hyundai, Kia Will Pay $100 Million Fine for Understating Greenhouse Gas Emissions
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Kia and Hyundai will pay a record $100 million fine and forfeit $200 million worth of greenhouse gas credits for understating greenhouse gas emissions for 1.2 million of their vehicles.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Justice announced the settlement on Monday, which is the largest of its kind under the Clean Air Act. An audit found that the cars will emit 4.75 million metric tons of greenhouses gases in excess of what Hyundai and Kia certified to the EPA.

According to the EPA, the automakers based their emissions using the most favorable test results instead of averages from a large number of tests. The EPA discovered the problem during a routine audit of the Hyundai Accent, Elantra, Veloster and Santa Fe, and the Kia Rio and Soul.

As part of the settlement, Hyundai and Kia will also reform their emissions testing procedures.