Friday, February 03, 2012
Don't Settle with Honda, lawyer says
Here's her website. She opted out of the settlement, sued Honda in small claims court, and won nearly the statutory maximum of $10,000. I don't know what to think about this; I'm in receipt of the settlement notice. It is true that we haven't gotten very near the advertised mileage, certainly not in city driving. It's also true that it was immediately obvious that one has to drive a bit differently than Americans are trained to drive to maximize mileage, and I was disturbed by the Honda statements that you could just keep driving exactly as normal; I understand why Honda would need to explain that you didn't actually need to plug in this hybrid and would gas it up like any other car, given the newness of the technology at its introduction and the variety of hybrid/electric vehicles around, but that's not really "drive just as you would any other car!" I'd say we currently get 35 mpg on an average tank (my husband doesn't really change his driving style, and spends a fair amount of time in stop and go traffic) and 37.5 mpg on a good one. This is a decrease over time. I am still undecided about whether to participate in the settlement.