Honda appeal seeks to reverse hybrid owner's award

TORRANCE, Calif. (AP) -- Lawyers for American Honda Motor company are trying to overturn a highly publicized small-claims court award to a woman who sued over the poor fuel mileage of her hybrid Honda Civic.

The appeal is being heard Thursday by a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge who will decide whether to reverse a court commissioner's award of $9,867 to Heather Peters.

She opted out of a class-action settlement designed to give some 200,000 owners between $100 and $200 each plus a rebate if they buy a new Honda.

A Honda service manager has testified she achieved up to 55 mpg in a 115-mile test drive on freeways and streets.

Peters called a former Honda analyst who says he tested hybrids after customer complaints and was never able to duplicate the promised 50 mpg.


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