General Motors announced today that the company will offer debit cards or an extended warranty to owners of crossovers impacted by inflated fuel economy ratings. The company states that the offers will range in value from $450 to $1,500 and owners will be sent letters next Wednesday with their options for compensation.
The news comes just days after the company discovered that an apparent data error led to 2016 Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse and GMC Acadia crossovers having the incorrect EPA fuel economy ratings on their window stickers. The compensation program is designed to satisfy buyers of the crossovers who may have felt misled by the inflated fuel economy numbers.
GM says the payment offers will be made to approximately 135,000 owners. Those who purchased a crossover outright will have their choice of a debit card or an offer of an extended warranty that will extend their warranty to 48 months or 60,000 miles. Leaseholders will only be offered the debit card option. The value of the debit card will range depending on a number of factors, which GM has not detailed.
A GM spokesman told Automotive News, “We want all of our customers to have a great ownership experience, so we designed this reimbursement program to provide full and fair compensation in a simple, flexible and timely manner.”