The attorneys general from Iowa and four other states are considering whether to object to a proposed class-action settlement between Honda and some car owners. At issue is Honda’s claim of high gas mileage with some hybrid cars.
Nebraska’s attorney general is not part of the possible class-action settlement.
San Diego Superior Court Judge Timothy Taylor on Tuesday gave the five state attorneys general until February 29 to declare any opposition to the settlement.
California Deputy Attorney General Albert Shelden tells reporters that his state is undecided on whether to enter the fray. Iowa, Massachusetts, Texas and Washington have also asked more time to consider.
The states' sudden interest in the case comes shortly after Honda owner Heather Peters won a nearly $10,000 judgment last week against Honda in Los Angeles small-claims court. In contrast, the class-action settlement would give each owner $100 to $200.
Peters chose not to join a class-action lawsuit, deciding to seek help in a small-claims court. She sued after her 2006 Honda Civic Hybrid did not get the 50 miles per gallon that Honda said she should expect.
Honda insists that actual mileage depends on a number of factors including how you drive.