A One-Year Ban on Hyundai/Kia Sales

24/7 Wall St.

Hyundai and car manufacturing stablemate Kia overstated the miles per gallon estimates for about 900,000 cars and light trucks they sold in the United States. The companies apologized. The question now is what the federal and state governments should do to the two companies for the transgression.

Outside possible government sanctions, the companies are likely to face class-action suits because of the overstatement. But regulators have a number of options. The best is a one-year ban on the American sale of new Hyundai and Kia vehicles. That, at least, would tell the auto industry its frequent skirting of regulations and making claims to the public that turn out not to be true finally have been taken seriously.

The specifics of the scandal are worth a review, as are the claims made by Hyundai and Kia about the trouble, as well as about their engineering prowess and cultures that are critical…

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