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Honda In $170M Settlement of Hybrid-Car Mileage Suit - Report

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Posted on 19 Mar 2012

Honda Motor Co.'s settlement of a class-action lawsuit by owners of hybrid cars over the car maker's alleged overstatement of gasoline mileage won approval from a California state judge in San Diego on Saturday, Kyodo News Service reported.

Under terms of the settlement, Honda agreed to hand out benefits such as $100 to $200 in cash to some 200,000 individual owners, with the judge in charge estimating the value of the settlement at $170 million.

The settlement involves Civic hybrid models manufactured between 2003 and 2009. The owners claimed that the cars didn't get as much as 50 miles per gallon in fuel economy as advertised by Honda, according to Kyodo.


GAR  Mar 19 2012 8:08AM Report Abuse
This settlement is a total joke. This all started as Honda reprogrammed cars to use the battery less and use more gas, and this was done to prevent premature battery failure. This means mileage goes down. This "reporgramming" was dune under the ospus of a "customer campaign" to make the car better. Class action lawyers get $8.7M, Honda will not reverse the software update, and owners get $100 or $200. Battery replacement costs thousands. Why the judge approved this is beyond comprehension. It's been going on for so long I think the court just wanted to get rid of it. Sad day for car owners.
Manny Padilla  Mar 19 2012 7:57AM Report Abuse
As a hybrid owner I would love to know how to ensure that I can get my cut of the pie because I have over 180K miles on my car, which I bought to save monies on gas MPG.
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