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Wednesday
Dec122012

Honda Recall: Car Could Roll Away When Keys Are Removed

Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Honda is recalling over 800,000 minivans and SUVs because of an ignition malfunction that could allow drivers to remove their keys while vehicles are still in gear.

The recall will affect approximately 318,000 Honda Odysseys and 259,000 Honda Pilots from 2003 and 2004, as well as 230,000 Acura MDX vehicles from the 2003-2006 model years.  

Honda said in a release there have been two alleged injuries and a number of complaints about the ignition glitch that allows drivers to remove their keys without setting their gear shift in “park,” which could result in a car rolling away.

The company attributes the problem to wear through prolonged use, and says owners will begin receiving written recall notices in February.  

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Friday
Nov162012

American Honda Recalls 150,600 Generators over Fire Risk

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission(NEW YORK) -- After Hurricane Sandy pummeled the Northeast last month, many who were left without power resorted to portable generators to get their lights back on.  But for those with one type of generator, it might have been safer to just stay in the dark.

American Honda is recalling about 150,600 of its gasoline-powered portable generators over a fuel hose issue.  The Torrance, Calif.-based company says the hose can leak, posing fire and burn hazards.

So far, four fuel leaks have been reported, but none have resulted in fires or injuries.

The recall involves generators with model number EU2000i and serial numbers EAAJ-2260273 through EAAJ-2485025.  They were sold online and at various stores nationwide between October 2011 and September 2012.

Those who are affected by the recall are advised to immediately stop using the generator and contact a Honda Power Equipment dealer for a free inspection and repair.

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Thursday
May172012

Honda’s Segway Alternative? Introducing the UNI-CUB

Honda(WASHINGTON) -- Is the Segway a bit too big for you? Or does it require a too much standing for your liking? Well, Honda’s got a solution in the works — the Honda UNI-CUB.

Called a “personal mobility device,” the UNI-CUB looks like a unicycle sans the cycle or wheel part.

So how does it work? Sit in the saddle and Honda’s Omni Traction Drive System lets you control the speed and direction just by shifting your weight.

Honda touts the UNI-CUB as omnidirectional, meaning the two wheels allow it to move in all directions — side-to-side, backwards, diagonally, etc. Honda will also have a smartphone app that will function as an additional control option.

While the Segway, a similar electric powered scooter released in 2002, was designed for outdoor use and is frequently used by police or security guards, the UNI-CUB has been designed for indoor use. Honda claims the precision of its motion is good for “barrier-free indoor environments.”

This isn’t the first time an automaker has tried to take on the popular Segway. In 2008, Toyota announced its own personal mobile solution, called the Winglet. The Winglet was tested, but never marketed to consumers.

And that might be the way the way the UNI-CUB goes. Honda says it will start demonstrating and testing the UNI-CUB with Japan’s National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation in June. No additional information has been given on if and when it might be released to the public.

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Wednesday
May092012

Honda Hybrid MPG Suit Tossed By Judge

Mark Elias/Bloomberg via Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- A Los Angeles judge Wednesday overturned a small-claims court ruling against American Honda Motor Co. over the lower-than-advertised gas mileage of its 2006 Civic Hybrid.

Heather Peters had sued for $10,000, the maximum allowed in small-claims court, and had been awarded $9,867 on Feb. 1 after telling the court that her car got 30 miles per gallon (mpg), not the 50 mpg the company advertised, costing her unexpected gas money and resale value.

In overturning the ruling, Superior Court Judge Dudley W. Gray found that while Peters had standing to sue in state court, “federal regulations control the fuel economy ratings posted on vehicles” and ads citing them. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulates fuel economy, and the Federal Trade Commission governs ads. Honda complied with both agencies’ rules, the judge ruled.

EPA ratings “are for comparison among vehicles,” the ruling said, and ignore “many factors that affect mileage at a given moment.” These include speed, length of trip, weather and air conditioning, it said. “Despite these variables,” the ruling said, “the majority of users report mileage very close to the EPA estimates.”

Regarding Peters’ complaint that Honda used slogans such as “sipping fuel” and “saves money on fuel,” the court said these were “non-actionable sales puffery” and “not specific promises of anything.”

“Of course I’m disappointed,” Peters told ABC News via email. “But I’m still glad that I raised awareness that Honda is no longer the great brand that it used to be. They used to go the extra mile in customer service. Now they go the extra mile fighting customers in court. I guess the moral of the story is, buyer beware — especially of Honda!”

Peters said no further appeal is allowed in small-claims court.

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Wednesday
Feb222012

Honda Recalls 45,000 Vehicles to Fix Faulty Liftgate Struts

Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Honda is recalling 45,747 Odyssey minivans due to a problem with the model’s liftgate.

“[T]he gas-filled struts that help to raise and support the liftgate of vehicles equipped with a power liftgate system may be prone to early life failures due to a manufacturing flaw,” Honda said in its recall notice. “The flaw can result in a leak of the pressurized gas, leading to reduced strut performance.”

The company says the potential malfunction -- affecting certain 2008-2009 models -- could cause the vehicle’s liftgate to close unexpectedly, posing a risk to those around it.

Honda says its dealers will fix the problem at no charge.

The recall is expected to begin around March 13.

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Saturday
Feb042012

LA Woman Took on Honda and Won—Can You?

Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Now that Heather Peters  has won $9,867 in small-claims court against Honda because her 2006 Civic Hybrid had failed to live up to the advertised mileage, others are tempted to file their own complaints in small claims courts.

But experts are divided over whether that strategy makes sense for most people. Some note that Peters is a lawyer, giving her an advantage in battling a major corporation like American Honda Motor Co.

Peters, 46, had opted out of a class-action suit because Honda’s proposed class-action settlement would give aggrieved owners $100 to $200 each and a $1,000 credit toward the purchase of a new car. Instead, she pursued her personal claim in small claims court and won.

Randy Sottile, an automotive expert who has been involved in more than 11,000 lemon law cases, said the move is not for everybody.

“For the average consumer who does not have a lot of time and money, this would be at best a daunting task,” he said.

But Richard Cupp, a law professor at Pepperdine University, applauded Peters’ David versus Goliath approach.

“The results speak for themselves. She did 100 times better than $100,” he told ABC News. “This case tells you that small-claims court is a possible and viable option we should consider.”

Cupp said arguments that Peters had an edge because of her law background were overstated. He said that small claims courts tried to be very informal and get at the truth.

“They tend to relax the rules of evidence, relax the mystique of being in a court,” he said. “It’s built for normal folks. I don’t want people to be discouraged from grabbing the bull by the horns. I think people can do it. It’s not that scary.”

He said that in California and other states, the amount people could win in small-claims courts was increasing—California doubled its cap to $10,000—and that the Internet made filing claims and researching companies much easier.

Cupp said that the other 200,000 owners of the Hybrid Honda Civic model sold in 2006 had a chance to win as much as Peters did.

“She’s done a lot of the hard work that benefit other people who might have claims against Honda,” he said. “They don’t have to reinvent the wheel. They can piggyback on the work she’s done.”

Sottile, however, suggested suing under lemon law provisions and advised against going to small-claims court because it’s time consuming, costly and also limits other legal action.

Sottile said most attorneys will provide a free evaluation to consumers on their lemon law rights and in many states, including California, if a consumer brings a lemon law claim against a car company, the company is responsible for the consumer’s legal fees regardless of who wins the case.

“Class action suits generally give a minimal reward back to the consumer, far less than they’re legally entitled to in a lemon law claim and far less than other avenues they can pursue,” said Sottile.

“Most class action cases requires consumers to opt out of the suit, so before a consumer stays in they should speak with an attorney to make sure it is the right decision,” he said.

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Wednesday
Feb012012

Woman Wins Small-Claims Suit Against Honda Over Mileage

Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg via Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- A Southern California woman has won her case against Honda in small-claims court, where she argued Civic Hybrid cars failed to live up to their advertised mileage.

A Los Angeles Superior Court commissioner on Wednesday awarded Heather Peters $9,867.

Peters sued the American Honda Motor Company for allegedly failing to follow through on its advertisements that Honda Civic Hybrid cars would get 50 miles per gallon.

She said her 2006 Civic Hybrid got 30 mpg.

Peters was seeking damages of $10,000 -- the maximum amount allowed in California small-claims court -- for the extra money she spent, plus the car's lower resale value.

Peters started an online campaign consisting of a website, Twitter account and YouTube channel in order to take her suit viral and spark a "small-claims flash mob" of Civic Hybrid owners, her statement said.

Peters' statement said Honda was close to settling five class-action lawsuits alleging the same false advertising.

The proposed settlements would give each class member $100 to $200, and the plaintiffs' attorneys would get $8.4 million.

A San Diego judge will consider the proposed settlements on March 16, Peters said, adding an earlier proposed settlement had been rejected as unfair to car owners.

Peters opted out of a class action out of frustration with the proposed payout, especially considering the millions plaintiffs' lawyers would get.

Peters' campaign urges Civic owners to follow suit, opting out and suing Honda in small-claims court. Given the number of owners of Civic Hybrids -- approximately 200,000 -- and the $10,000 maximum damages, the wave of small-claims suits could cost Honda $2 billion, Peters said last month.

Honda has tried five times to have Peters' small-claims suit dismissed or the trial postponed until after the date by which class members may opt out of the class action, Peters said.

Honda would not comment on pending litigation, according to several earlier press reports.

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Tuesday
Jan102012

Honda Plans to Build New Plant in Ohio

Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg via Getty Images(CLEVELAND) -- Honda announced on Monday that it plans to build a new facility in Ohio to make the Acura NSX supercar, which it debuted at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

The iconic sports car has not been sold for more than five years and the original NSX was built in Japan from 1990 to 2005. Honda says the new NSX will be on the market within the next three years.

The car will not only be built in central Ohio, it will also be designed there as well.

While the new facility will create jobs, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that Honda officials have told the paper the number of jobs created will be significantly fewer than GM’s Corvette plant in Kentucky, which has 400 workers.

The company says the new plant is another investment in its almost 30-year relationship with the Buckeye State. Honda says it builds more cars and light trucks in the state than all of the other automakers combined.

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Tuesday
Jan032012

Woman Sues Honda, Mounts Online Campaign Against Class Actions

Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg via Getty Images(TORRANCE, Calif.) -- Small-claims court, by definition, is a small-stakes, usually humdrum venue for tenant-landlord disputes and the like. But combined with social media, it could challenge class-action lawsuits as a way consumers can seek redress from companies for allegedly faulty products.

That's what Heather Peters, 46, a Calif. former corporate defense lawyer, thinks. Her view takes center stage Tuesday afternoon in Torrance Small Claims Court, in Torrance, Calif.

Tuesday's trial will consider Peters' suit against American Honda Motor Company for failing to live up to its advertisements that Honda Civic Hybrid cars would get 50 miles per gallon, according to a statement Peters released. Her 2006 Civic Hybrid got 30 m.p.g., she said. She is seeking damages of $10,000 -- the maximum allowed in Calif. small-claims court -- for the extra money she spent plus the car's lower resale value.

Peters has started an online campaign -- consisting of a website, Twitter account and YouTube channel -- in order to take her suit viral and spark a "small-claims flash mob" of Civic Hybrid owners, her statement said.

Peters' statement said Honda was close to settling five class-action lawsuits alleging the same false advertising. The proposed settlements would give each class member $100 to $200, and the plaintiffs' attorneys would get $8.4 million.

A San Diego judge will consider the proposed settlements on March 16, Peters said, adding an earlier proposed settlement had been rejected as unfair to car owners.

Peters had herself opted out of a class action out of frustration with the proposed payout, especially considering the millions plaintiffs' lawyers would get.

Therefore, if she loses her small-claims case, she would get nothing.

"I'm willing to bet $200 I'll do a lot better!" she said in an interview on her way to the trial. She felt "very confident," she said.

Peters' campaign urges Civic owners in these suits to follow suit, opting out and suing Honda in small-claims court. Given the number of owners of Civic Hybrids -- approximately 200,000 -- and the $10,000 maximum damages, the wave of small-claims suits could cost Honda $2 billion, Peters said.

Honda has tried five times to have Peters' small-claims suit dismissed or the trial postponed until after the date by which class members may opt out of the class action, Peters said.

Honda would not comment on pending litigation, according to several press reports.

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Wednesday
Dec282011

Honda Expands Recall for Faulty Airbags

Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg via Getty Images(TORRANCE, Calif.) -- Honda is expanding a wide-reaching recall on its vehicles.

In what may be an auto company first, Honda is issuing a stop sale order to its dealers on some used vehicles for fear that they may have faulty airbags.  Honda is adding an additional 272,000 vehicles to its already-recalled list of 603,000 older model Accords, Civics, Odysseys, Pilots, and Acuras that may have airbags that inflate with too much pressure -- and can be deadly.

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