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It Ain’t Easy Being Green! Honda Sued Due to Soy Wire Covering

Rodents chewing through covering, damaging wires underneath.

by on Feb.10, 2016

Honda's Crosstour is a favorite among hungry mice, rabbits and other rodents.

Everyone seems to be focused on being greener these days, including automakers. However, those efforts may have a downside: rats!

Honda has been slapped with a class-action lawsuit because the soy-based coating it uses as wire covers on its vehicles is attracting rodents who are dining on the green covering and causing some vehicle owners thousands of dollars in repairs.

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The automaker moved to the coating because it is biodegradable and less expensive than plastic; however, the green munchers are climbing under hoods and chewing through the soy covering and causing all kinds of problems. (more…)

Honda Pays $25 Mil to Resolve Claims it Overcharged Minority Customers

But critics contend the settlement will cost all car buyers more.

by on Jul.15, 2015

Honda's finance arm agreed to pay $25 million to settle allegations it charged some minority buyers higher interest rates, claiming they were higher credit risks.

Honda will pay $25 million to settle allegations its U.S. financing arm overcharged minority car buyers, federal officials announced.

The maker was one of several who allegedly allowed dealers to steer minority customers into loans that carried higher interest rates, supposedly due to higher credit risk. Dealers profited from that move because they received more money for generating those loans.

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In a civil complaint, federal prosecutors alleged that, “Honda knew or had reason to know that its policy and practice of allowing dealers to mark up consumers’ interest rates created a substantial risk of discrimination.” (more…)

Woman Wins Honda Hybrid Mileage Suit

Unclear if verdict will set a precedent - or survive an appeal.

by on Feb.02, 2012

Heather Peters with her 2006 Honda Civic Hybrid prior to last month's small claims trial..

A California woman angered by the relatively poor mileage delivered by her Honda hybrid has won a small claims lawsuit awarding her nearly $10,000 in damages.

Heather Peters quickly declared it a “victory for Honda Civic owners everywhere,” after a Los Angeles Superior Court Commissioner agreed that the maker had known that owners of the 2006 Civic Hybrid would not get the mileage promised.

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But victory is anything but certain, Honda indicating it isn’t ready to accept the verdict rendered Wednesday and will appeal.

A former corporate attorney, Peters opted out of a proposed class action settlement that she felt did little but enrich the trial lawyers handling that suit, choosing instead to fight her own battle.  She has said she hopes her victory will inspire other owners to take Honda on directly through the small claims process, though it is unclear how many will be willing to go that route.

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Honda Settles Lawsuit Over Hybrid Mileage

But some claim settlement offers little for frustrated owners.

by on Dec.15, 2009

A proposed settlement for low fuel economy would require owners to trade in on new Hondas - but not hybrids.

A proposed settlement for low fuel economy would require owners to trade in on new Hondas - but not hybrids.

Few buyers expect to get the mileage that automakers advertise.  The figures printed in ads and on so-called Monroney window stickers are calculated using a strict government test process that traditionally didn’t seem to have much bearing on real-world performance.

But how much is too much?  That’s the question the courts were asked to decide when a group of owners decided to file a class action suit against Honda contending that their Civic hybrids were yielding just 31 mpg, not the 49 City, 51 Highway ratings the automaker promoted.

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The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, names two plaintiffs but also covers 120,000 other owners of 2003 through 2008 Honda Civic Hybrids.  While Honda dismisses the claims – it says it relied on government data, as do its competitors – and insists it has done nothing wrong, the automaker is nonetheless offering up a settlement.  But not one many people seem to like.

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