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Honda Civic Hybrid owner sues carmaker for low gas mileage

If you don't get the gas mileage the manufacturer of your car has promoted, sue the carmaker.

That's the approach Heather Peters, a former attorney, is taking against Honda in a small claims court suit. She claims her 2006 Honda Civic Hybrid has achieved about 60 percent of the gas mileage she expected.

Peters says her Honda Civic Hybrid never approached its marketed 50 mpg estimates. And as the car's battery deteriorated, Peter said it only achieved 30 mpg.

Peters wants Honda to pay $10,000 for her trouble and the extra money she spent on gas.

2006 Honda Civic Hybrid interior

The trial is set for Tuesday afternoon in Torrance, California, where American Honda Motor Co. has its West Coast headquarters.

Peters opted out of a series of class-action lawsuits filed on behalf of similar Honda hybrid owners when she saw a proposed settlement would give owners no more than $200 cash and a rebate of $500 or $1,000 to purchase a new Honda. The settlement would give trial lawyers $8.5 million, Peters said.

A judge in San Diego County is due to rule in March on whether to approve Honda’s latest class action settlement offer. Members of the class have until Feb. 11 to accept or decline the settlement.

Peters has launched the website It encourages other Honda Civic Hybrid owners who've experienced low gas mileage to also file small claims suits.


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