Honda forced to cough up $9,867 over hybrid mileage claims
Last month, we reported that Southern California resident Heather Peters had filed a suit against Honda in small claims court.
According to Peters, while the vehicle promised as much as 50MPG in city driving, the best economy she was ever able to attain was in the low 30 mile per gallon range.
For its part, Honda insisted the 50 MPG figure was rated by the EPA during thorough testing.
The case was heard by Los Angeles Superior Court Commissioner Douglas Carnahan, who issued a 26-page decision earlier this week. Interestingly enough, Peters didn't attempt to dispute Honda's reasoning for using the 50MPG claim, but rather, chose to focus on the fact that the car manufacturer had splashed the dubious statistic across multiple marketing campaigns.
Peters also alleged Honda was fully aware the car wasn't capable of achieving 50MPG in real world driving. Carnahan ultimately agreed with Peters and awarded the plaintiff a cool $9,867.
When notified of the judge's decision Peters said, "Wow! Fantastic. I am absolutely thrilled. Sometimes big justice comes in small packages. This is a victory for Honda Civic owners everywhere."