$10,000 in damages has been awarded to a Californian woman last week. The court case took place in small-claims court and the lawsuit was because she was getting lower than advertised fuel economy in your Civic Hybrid. We may soon learn of how other people will take this news and also take action against Honda for higher than advertised gas usage in their Civic Hybrids.
The deadline for United States residents who bought a Honda Civic Hybrid between 2003 and 2009 is this coming Saturday. The class action lawsuit includes those owners unless they opt out before Saturday’s deadline. The fuel economy issue is the only issue listed in the class action case.
By opting out, Honda Civic Hybrid owners will preserve their right to create their own lawsuit against the automaker. That is what Heather Peters, the Californian woman who won $10,000 did. If they do not opt out the will entitled to up to $200 and a coupon off of their next Honda purchase. Those that opt out will not receive that, although can take their chances at receiving more if they want to push a case as Ms. Peters did.
Everyone is keeping an eye on what will happen in the class action suit. Particularly interested are legal experts, consumer rights advocates and automakers. Learning what happens with this suit, how many remain opted in and how many decide to start individual lawsuits will both be important factors to watch.
If Honda Civic Hybrid owners want to opt out of the class action suit, they need to send a certified letter to the settlement administrator. This letter will have to have a postmark of the end of the day today at the latest. It may set precedence for future class action lawsuits. More information about this class action lawsuit can be found at hchsettlement.com.
- Honda Extends Their Warranty on 2006-2011 Civic Hybrid Models Due to Potential Gas Leak (automotivediscovery.com)