Nov 2 (Reuters) - South Korean automakers Hyundai Motor Co and Kia Motors Corp overstated the gasoline mileage for a majority of their 2012 and 2013 models, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Friday.
Hyundai and its Kia affiliate have submitted a plan to the EPA for cars currently on dealer lots to be relabeled with new window stickers reflecting the corrected mileage estimates, the EPA said. The mileage on most labels will be reduced by one to two miles per gallon, with the largest adjustment being a six mpg highway reduction for the Kia Soul.
``Consumers rely on the window sticker to help make informed choices about the cars they buy,'' Gina McCarthy, assistant administrator for EPA's Office of Air and Radiation, said in a statement. ``EPA's investigation will help protect consumers and ensure a level playing field among automakers.''
Regulators found discrepancies between agency results and data submitted by the automakers, the EPA said.