It should be any day now. The decision will be mailed to Honda and Ms. Peters, and then we should get word of it pretty quickly from either, if not both, parties.
Honda Civic Hybrid Appeals Lawsuit: "Comply to My 3 Conditions or I'll Sue You"
For anybody who has more than two kids, a minivan is the perfect vehicle.
Why should Ms. Peters be the one to test the car? The fundamental issue here is not the mileage that Ms. Peters gets. The EPA rated mileage on the window sticker is just that - the EPA rated mileage. In the real world, based upon a variety of factors, your mileage may vary - substantially. And that's essentially what you are warned of on that same window sticker. If someone really wanted to prove that Honda's software update adversely affected the mileage of the Civic hybrid, they would submit the car to a testing lab to perform an EPA mileage cycle on it and see if it came anywhere close to the EPA ratings. If it did not, then there might be a case (as long as the car was shown to have been serviced and cared for properly according the owner's manual, and all parts were of OEM quality - including tires). But again, the case should not be contingent upon the mileage the owner achieves since how the owner drives is not the same as the EPA test cycle. I find Ms. Wood's "My Honda dealer lies. Honda lies" statement to be rather ad hom as well. Without proof, it just sounds like a bitter attack.
Kathy, we'll have a full report on what happened during the entire hearing tomorrow, including what happened with the former Honda employee. It should be noted, however, that Automotive.com was the only media outlet present for the first day and the third day of the hearing -- its closing. We covered it in its entirety, and we'll have details that, contrary to what have been published widespread or not, are fair and accurate as to the testimony that occurred. We appreciate your readership. Thank you.
Why does this article feel "slanted" in Honda's favor? And really, why is Honda the one who has to "test" the car. That's like letting the fox guard the hen house. I should know, because I own "this car". My Honda dealer lies. Honda lies. Wasn't there an ex-Honda employee who testified he could never get 50 mpg when he drove this car?