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

Posted on 19 Mar 2012

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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.