General Motors said it halted sales of about 60,000 new 2016 US SUVs to rectify a misprint of the mileage stickers that overstated fuel economy data.
The biggest US automaker has told some of its dealers last week to stop from selling some model-year 2016 Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia and Buick Enclave large crossovers, as the labels with the EPA fuel economy ratings show 1-2 miles per gallon higher values than they should have. Therefore, these models will be halted from sale until the labeling placed on them is corrected. According to documents obtained by Automotive News, 59,823 vehicles are targeted and the misprint has started to be rectified over the weekend, while all the new stickers should arrive by Tuesday. This mistake affects both front- and all-wheel-drive models. If the correct rating for the AWD vehicles are 15 mpg in city, 22 mpg on the highway and 17 mpg combined, the wrong ones show 17 for city, 24 for highway and 19 combined. General Motors said the rating for the vehicles on the EPA’s website was incorrect, but has since been corrected.
As Automotive News reports, there are tens of thousands more of the crossovers bought by customers with the inaccurate labels since the models went on sale last fall. Thus, the automaker may face some civil complaints and fines as well. As an example, Hyundai has agreed to pay 350 million dollars in penalties in 2014 to the US government for overstating fuel economy ratings in about 1.2 million vehicles, while it also paid 395 million dollars over customers’ claims. In the same year, Ford lowered the mileage ratings on some models and agreed to compensate owners as well.
Via Automotive News