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'Civic' duty: Honda wins appeal of hybrid mileage ruling

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A car ruling has been overturned in Los Angeles with Honda winning its appeal of a small-claims hybrid judgment, it was announced Wednesday.

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Dudley W. Gray overturned the judgment against American Honda Motor Co. won by Heather Peters in February, finding that most Civic hybrid owners achieve fuel economy close to federal EPA estimates.

Peters opted out of a class action settlement and sued the automaker. The MPG-maven was to be awarded $9,867 in the initial judgement.

According to the Associated Press, Peters sued over misrepresentation of gas mileage. However, when Peters spoke to KPCC's Rob Strauss in February, she explained it was only part of the reason for the lawsuit. Honda, she claimed, made a software fix to the car that reduced the mileage per gallon without letting customers know it would do that.

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Expo Line train collides with car in Exposition Park

expo line train car accident

Photo by Kat Russell/OnCentral

An empty Expo Line train was involved in an accident with a single car near USC on Thursday, April 19, 2012.

expo line train car accident

Photo by Kat Russell/OnCentral

An empty Expo Line train was involved in an accident with a single car near USC on Thursday, April 19, 2012.

expo line train car accident

Photo by Elina Shatkin

An empty Expo Line train was involved in an accident with a single car near USC on Thursday, April 19, 2012.

expo line train car accident

Photo by Kat Russell/OnCentral

An empty Expo Line train was involved in an accident with a single car near USC on Thursday, April 19, 2012.

expo line train car accident

Photo by Elina Shatkin

An empty Expo Line train was involved in an accident with a single car near USC on Thursday, April 19, 2012.

expo line train car accident

Photo by Kat Russell/OnCentral

An empty Expo Line train was involved in an accident with a single car near USC on Thursday, April 19, 2012.

expo line train car accident

Photo by Elina Shatkin

An empty Expo Line train was involved in an accident with a single car near USC on Thursday, April 19, 2012.

expo line train car accident

Photo by Elina Shatkin

An empty Expo Line train was involved in an accident with a single car near USC on Thursday, April 19, 2012.


An empty Expo Line train collided with a car on Thursday morning in Exposition Park. One person sustained minor injuries, according to a spokesman for the Los Angeles Fire Department.

The driver of the vehicle was treated at the scene and transported to a local hospital. No passengers were aboard the train.

The incident, which occurred at 10:17 a.m., could be heard nearby. 

Senior editor at Los Angeles magazine Elina Shatkin, who was touring the new north campus of the Natural History Museum, told KPCC she heard a "sickening crunch" and went to the scene at the corner of Exposition and USC Watt Way.

The car, a blue Honda Civic, was towed away just after 11 a.m. The train began to move a few minutes later.

 

Lisa Brenner can be reached via Twitter @lisa_brenner

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