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Honda's miles whizzed by too fast

Six million owners are being notified about a settlement over odometer calibration.

March 21, 2007|John O'Dell | Times Staff Writer

Of all the competing vehicles tested during preparations for the suit, Holmes said the only model with odometer errors that matched Honda's were 2006 and earlier Nissan Altimas.

The federal suit against Nissan in which Holmes is the lead attorney was filed in Texas. On March 15, a state lawsuit against Nissan was filed in Orange County Superior Court. It alleges that odometers on all 2004 through 2007 model year Nissan and Infinti vehicles were "negligently or fraudulently mis-set," according to Irvine attorney Aashish Desai.

Nissan North America spokeswoman Katherine Zachary said the company was "vigorously defending this litigation as we believe that these lawsuits are without merit" and "based on nothing more than the variation inherent with any form of measurement."

Hansen, the Honda owner in Agoura Hills, said the iffy odometer situation wouldn't sour him on the brand: "It's made me wonder if my fuel economy might not be what they said I'd get, but it wouldn't keep me from buying another Honda. I think they'll be pretty careful not to let it happen again."

john.odell@latimes.com

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