The “Big Three” U.S. automakers are struggling these days,
but many might agree their woes are due in some part to poor manufacturing
as well as poor design. While other automakers focused on fuel economy
and hybrids over the past decade, the Big Three continued to crank out
gas-guzzling sports utility vehicles.
However, not everyone is pleased with the newer cars. In fact, there have
been lawsuits filed against Honda claiming it made false claims about
gas mileage for its Honda Civic Hybrid vehicle. The first lawsuit was
filed in 2005 with the complaint that an owner’s Honda Civic Hybrid’s
mileage actually got less than half the advertised mileage. The advertising
stated that the Hybrid would get the advertised mileage when driven like
a conventional automobile. Honda acknowledged that it had received numerous
complaints that the Honda Civic Hybrid’s mileage did not meet claims.
The car manufacturer also stated it had contacted the EPA to adjust the
Still, on January 12, 2009, a California appeals court ruled that a Honda
Civic Hybrid owner can sue Honda for false advertising. The case will
be tried in trial court. I guess the motto of this story is, be careful
what you advertise!