Just when you thought that bullshit lawsuits were reserved for the United States, our friends in Canada have proven us wrong. Mazda owner Alisha Koubi, with the help of her attorney, of course, has initiated a lawsuit against Mazda Canada for selling an “unfit product for profit”. Her lawsuit, given class-action status in British Columbia, alleges that 2006 Mazda 3 models were easily broken into, by impacting an area above the driver’s door. She is seeking damages based on Mazda’s profits for all Mazda 3 models sold in Canada from 2004 to 2007.
Was Koubi a victim of a smash and grab (or dent-and-grab) robbery? No. Did she have any problems whatsoever with the locking mechanism on her car? No. Could she have returned her car to the dealer for a no-charge upgrade to increase security of the driver’s door lock? Yes. Did she do so? No, because that would have avoided the fame and fortune of the lawsuit.
Let’s be clear about a few things. First, there isn’t a car made that doesn’t have security issues. Know how long it would take me to break into an E46 BMW 3 series with a factory alarm? Ten seconds, fifteen tops. Would the alarm go off when I opened the door? Based on the default settings, no it wouldn’t. Why stop there? Any car can be broken into using the ceramic insulator from a spark plug, so should we sue manufacturers for not giving us armored glass windows?
Here’s what people who file frivolous lawsuits don’t take into consideration: whatever benefit they may get from this legal action, in the long run, it costs all of us money. Do you really need a car with theft proof doors, bulletproof glass, an explosion proof gas tank, non reclining seats with automatic six point harnesses, an onboard fire suppression system, 60 mph crash proof bumpers and puncture proof tires? If you do, are you prepared to write a check in the hundreds of thousands of dollars for one?
For the love of God, people: stop the madness before it’s too late.