• Dec 18th 2009 at 11:14AM
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The Honda Civic Hybrid lawsuit settlement isn't necessarily a done deal. The attorneys general for 26 states have filed an objection to the class action deal that would give people who owned or leased the hybrid sedans small cash payouts up to $500, or a $1,000 rebate if they now buy a new Honda, because of the discrepancy between the EPA's stated MPG rating and the real-life fuel economy of the car. The AGs say that the rebates are not fair because they exclude the Honda models – Honda Fit, Honda Insight, Honda Civic hybrid and Honda CR-Z – that the Civic Hybrid owners "would most likely choose to buy."

Another aspect of the settlement is a $100 cash payout if the driver had complained to Honda about the fuel mileage. The settlement affects the 158,639 people who owned or leased Honda Civic Hybrids from the 2003 through 2008 model years, but Honda says that only 580 people are eligible for the Benjamin.

The two plaintiffs in the case were set to receive $12,500 and $10,000 in the settlement, while their lawyers would get $2.95 million. The attorneys general called the settlement "not fair, adequate or reasonable," saying that the Honda owners don't get enough money while the lawyers get too much.

[Source: Detroit News]

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      • 8 Months Ago
      jesus christ, 3 million?? I know I know.. I'll just go cry in a corner.
      • 8 Months Ago
      If you look at the self-reported mileage achieved by Civic Hybrid drivers in the EPA's website, all but one model/year has higher than EPA estimates for combined driving.


      I don't know all the facts of the case, but I do know that the lawyers are the only winners, . . . again.
      • 8 Months Ago
      I think this is garbage no car truely meets what they say you have to drive under hwy speeds and baby the shit out of it when your in the city. I remember my grandparents buying their first Civic and the Dealer telling him that he would see close to 50mpg which is obvious BS but my paps bought into it and then the 2nd car came one yr later when they told him this engine WOULD get it then he after 2 yrs moved upto an Accord so he could atleast enjoy the drive he didn't really like the civic.
      • 8 Months Ago
      Nice! Those lawyers are going to be bummed when they wake up from their Dom and caviar bender in Vegas ;-)
      • 8 Months Ago
      An set of attorney generals who unlike the cooperating judge, who apparently couldn't stomach this egregious example of a 'class action' ripoff. Paying only a maximum of $32,500 and charging almost $ 3 million for the lawyers fees, IS a bit much. Even in this legal ripoff racket of class action lawsuits.
      • 8 Months Ago
      Great! As a class member (2003 Civic Hybrid) I think the original settlement sucked. If they removed the restriction and let you get any Honda (I want the Insight or maybe the Fit) I would be all for it.

      Note the cash payouts are not "up to $500", the only cash payout option is $100 for those who complained before 3/2/09.

      Also note, the Det News article says that people who no longer own the car only get the $500 rebate option but that's not accurate either (at least not per the documentation I received as a class member). You get $1000 if you sell/trade-in your HCH and then buy a new Honda. While the $500 is if you keep your Civic and buy a new Honda. The $500 option can be transferred to a family member. If you've already sold you Civic there's nothing that I see stopping you from claiming the $1000 if you buy a new Honda. As long as you have documentation that you actually sold the Civic.
        • 8 Months Ago
        Ah, thanks for the clarifications.
      • 8 Months Ago
      So who is next? No car gets its EPA mileage for everybody. Certainly Toyota is a cash rich. A Prius mileage suit should be next. Certainly all those GM ads that they get better mileage than the Japanese cars by EPA numbers should open them up to suits from every Malibu owner that does not get 33 mpg or whatever the ridiculous EPA figure is. That should finish off GM.
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