Los Angeles court overturns small-claims judgment against American Honda over hybrid mileage

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – A Los Angeles County judge has overturned a nearly $10,000 small-claims judgment against American Honda Motor Co. that was won by a car owner who said the automaker misrepresented the gas mileage of her hybrid Civic.

Superior Court Judge Dudley W. Gray’s ruling released Wednesday found that most owners of that type of car achieve fuel economy close to federal EPA estimates.

A court commissioner had previously ruled in favour of Civic owner Heather Peters, awarding her $9,867.

Peters opted out of a class-action settlement giving some 200,000 owners between $100 and $200 each, plus a rebate if they buy a new Honda, electing instead to sue the automaker on her own.