A Los Angeles woman won a Small Claims Court judgment for $9,867.00 against American Honda Motor Co. on February 1, 2011. The women contended that the Company’s claims about the gas mileage capabilities for the Honda Civic Hybrid were misleading entitling her to damages. According to The Los Angeles Times, the woman purchased a 2006 Honda Civic Hybrid after relying on advertising by the company that the vehicle could get a maximum of 50 miles per gallon of gasoline, a level the women’s car never reached.
During the lawsuit, the woman claimed that the maximum mpg that the car ever reached was 42 and that a software update that was done dropped the mileage to below 30 mpg. The Civic owner decided to file her own lawsuit after learning that a proposed settlement from a class action lawsuit would leave owners with an average of $100 plus rebate coupons for a new car.
While this is only one Small Claims Court decision and Honda has promised to appeal, there have been other recent claims against Honda for misrepresentation, including the class-action. In fact, there is a website dedicated to the matter entitled, “DontSettleWith Honda.org.”
Additionally, Honda has acknowledged that batteries for 2006 through 2008 Civic Hybrids are deteriorating faster than expected. As such, batteries eventually will not charge to full capacity, the vehicles will rely more on gasoline and gas mileage will get worse.
Consumers have the right to be told the truth about the vehicle they are buying, and when they are deceived, they have the right to restitution for their losses. If you find yourself in this position, Howard D. Silver, Los Angeles unfair business practices lawyer, can help . For more information, call us today at (866) 49-LEMON and receive a free complimentary consultation about your case.