Hyundai Motor America is inching closer to a settlement of claims it inflated the fuel economy ratings of its vehicles.
Details of the deal are still to be worked out, but the automaker is expected to reach a settlement in 38 lawsuits on the fuel economy mislabeling, which have been combined and are being heard in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles.
Its corporate sister, Kia Motors America, is expected to also settle the litigation.
In November, the South Korean automakers said they overstated the fuel economy on nearly 1 million late-model vehicles after the discrepancy was discovered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which monitors the fuel economy tests by automakers.
The car companies said they would issue owners special debit cards to reimburse the extra money they are paying for fuel. But some consumers objected and a series of lawsuits seeking class-action status were filed against the automakers.