September 23, 2014
TORRANCE, Calif. (AP) - A Los Angeles woman who expected her
hybrid Honda Civic to be a high-mileage machine has taken her case
against the automaker to small claims court.
Experts say the unusual legal move could make it easier to prevail and could open the door to a flood of similar claims.
Heather Peters argued Tuesday that her 2006 vehicle was expected
to get 50 mpg, but barely got 30 mpg. She says she wouldn't have
bought the car if its mileage was advertised.
Honda engineer Neil Schmidt says Peters' claim is excessive for a 6-year-old car.
There was no immediate ruling in the case in Torrance, American Honda Motor Co.'s West Coast headquarters.
Peters is seeking $10,000. Plaintiffs in a class-action lawsuit are eligible to get up to $200 cash and a rebate to purchase a new Honda.