Driver wins court fight over Honda fuel claims
The owner of a Honda hybrid has won a small claims court case against the car maker which could trigger a flood of similar actions across the world.
Los Angeles Superior Court awarded Heather Peters $9,867 (e7,491), saying Honda misled her about the car's expected fuel economy.
Ms Peters, from California, claimed for the failure of her Civic hybrid to deliver the 50mpg that was promised when she bought it.
Former lawyer Ms Peters said: "I am absolutely thrilled. Sometimes big justice comes in small packages. This is a victory for Honda Civic owners everywhere."
Honda spokesman Chris Martin said today the company disagreed with the judgment and planned to appeal.
Ms Peters had hoped to inspire a flood of lawsuits by the other 200,000 owners of the Civic hybrid model sold in 2006. She said if all 200,000 owners of the cars sued and won in small claims cost, it could Honda $2bn (e1.5bn).