Hyundai Motor is facing a class-action lawsuit in Korea for overstating the gas mileage on most of its 2012 and 2013 models. The lawsuits follow similar ones in the U.S. and Canada last year.
According to legal sources, 48 people who bought Hyundais filed their class-action suit at Seoul Central District Court seeking W500,000 (US$1=W1,066) each in damages and another W500,000 in compensation per person.
In November last year, U.S. consumers filed a class-action lawsuit against Hyundai and Kia after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said the two carmakers exaggerated the gas mileage of 13 out of 20 models sold in the U.S. U.S. customers filed a W840 billion class-action lawsuit in a California district court.
A lawyer representing the 48 Korean customers said they will file additional lawsuits.