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Woman wins small-claims suit over Honda hybrid mpg

February 2, 2012 • National News


In this Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012, photo, Heather Peters, who says her 2006 Honda Civic Hybrid never achieved the gas mileage Honda claimed in its advertising, and also did a computer upgrade that further diminished the mileage, arrives at Small Claims Court in Torrrance, Calif., Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012. Peters had opted out of a class action settlement agreed to by Honda because it does not provide enough remuneration. On Feb. 1, 2012, it was announced that Peters had won her unusual lawsuit against the auto giant over the vehicle’s failure to deliver the promised mileage. A Los Angeles Superior Court commissioner has awarded Peters $9,867, just under the Small Claims Court limit of $10,000. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Southern California woman who challenged the legal status-quo by filing a small-claims action against Honda won her lawsuit Wednesday when a judge ruled that the automaker misled her about the potential fuel economy of her hybrid car.

Los Angeles Superior Court Commissioner Douglas Carnahan awarded Heather Peters $9,867 — much more than the couple hundred dollars cash that a proposed class-action settlement is offering.

“At a bare minimum Honda was aware … that by the time Peters bought her car there were problems with its living up to its advertised mileage,” Carnahan wrote in the judgment.

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