• May 13, 2010
Canadian Alisha Koubi leased a 2006 Mazda3, then discovered that a locked driver's door could be opened by giving it a shoulder check. Reports say that at the same time she was reading about Mazda3s being broken into in a way that left dents above the driver's door, she was reading Mazda promotional material touting the safety and quality of the company's products. Her car was never broken into, but she decided to sue Mazda for selling "an unfit product for profit," and the case has just been granted class-action status in British Columbia.

Because the lawsuit isn't based on actual loss but the more nebulous idea of a breach of commercial duty, Koubi and her attorney want damages to be assessed based on Mazda's profits from all the Mazda3s sold and leased from 2004 to 2007. That covers 19,909 cars.

Mazda asserts that the door issue wasn't a defect. The company didn't publicize the issue, claiming it was afraid that would increase break-in rates, but it did add a reinforcement plate for any drivers that requested it on those cars and redesigned the lock on the next generation. No word on when it will go to trial, but similar lawsuits have also been launched in Quebec and Ontario. Thanks for the tip, Edwin!

[Source: CBC News]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Yet another sue-happy loser. She has no actual damages, she has nothing for which to sue. I'd give a voucher good for $1000 off purchase of a new Mazda, and that is it.

      Things like this just validate the opinion that people suck.
        • 4 Years Ago
        And hence the "she has no actual damages".
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sue happy much?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Mazda is totally right about this. If they had a recall about it, then every punk kid would find out and then there would be countless dented doors and missing items. If Mazda is willing to fix the problem on her car, then that should be the end of the story.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I drive a 2006 Mazda 3 that I bought brand new, I'm going to have to try the shoulder check thing on my car later today.
        • 4 Years Ago
        In order to accomplish this, you have to hit it hard enough to leave a big dent...
        • 4 Years Ago
        My parents' car (a 2008.5 Mazda 3) had a break-in attempt on it in our driveway. They kicked the door in above the handle - a pretty obvious attempt to exploit the '06 car's weakness.

        Unfortunately the 08.5 has the reinforcement plate so it didn't work. So they kicked the door a few more times for good measure... leaving the dent above the latch and some nice dents and scratches down below.

        Insurance paid for repairs, then my dad paid for a security system with a shock sensor.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That woman should be tied to a boulder and thrown in the sea
        • 4 Years Ago
        Why? I didn't hear anyone say that when Toyota was having it's troubles.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Millions of dollars to rescue (BANKS) and millions of Americans loosing their homes in foreclosures because (BANKS) dont want to help anybody.millions of dollars from all U.S (TAX-PAYER) to rescue GENERAL MOTORS AND CRYSLER and they far away to meet american buyer expectation.Many detroit town are ghosth town, many auto-workers out of job.Bad politic at washington,that never intended to protect the U.S automakers by passing laws to make them more fuel efficient,more productive,more creative,and more competitive.Washington only favor those who pay miilions of Dollars to their Campaign and their friends that run oil companies.Many car companies project like Crysler Turbine project, Turn-Down by the U.S congress and Corrupted politicians at Washington.Many electric car Project from (GM) turned-down by the goverment,is true is not a lie,politicians at washington pass laws to produce (GAS-GUZLER) vehicles to favor their friends that run oil companies.Japanese was so smart that they gained the market and put (GM) in the second place.That why we have this Economy like this, corrupted politicians to favor their frieds and their own interest. That why U.S (TAX-PAYER) have to pay millions to rescue (BANKS) and (AUTO-MAKERS) bad politic at Washigton and Congress. These are the corrupted that are destroying our Economy, AIG insurance Group, Bank of America,Citigroup, Wachovia, laundering money from Mexico drug cartel, and not a single executive put in (JAIL),Golman-Sach lie to investors and clients and gaining millions of dollars in profict, and the executive not put in (JAIL).What we have here is corruption in all levels.(CEOS) bringing companies down, Banks down gaining pay increases,bonuses,stoct option and many luxuries amenities,and millions of americans loosing their homes and jobs.And these executives living in extravagant and eccessive luxuries.We have here corporate (WHITE-COLLARD) Corruption and the U.S goverment dont figth it in any way.Them you will see more japanese vehicles in our street and driways,millions of dollars going to other Economies,Americans out of job,U.S car manufacture in bankruptcy in the future again,U.S autoworkers out of job and in the unenployment line.More U.S companies shiped overseas,more chinese goods at (WALT-MART) more HyUNDAIS,more KIAS and foreign cars in our street, and our Americans Factories closed and all Americans living in the (GREAT-DEPRESSION ERA) in today modern times.Thanks to our Politicians their corrupted friends and those at Wall-Street,those that have our Country like these, Vote for them,they are only BLA,BLA,BLA.Vote for them and they will sell America for their own benefict and a bunch of millions of dirty greens with the face of GEORGE WASHIGTON, vote for them and you will have to migrate to a PINGUIN ISLAND.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Couldn't a thief just break the window if he really wanted to damage a car in order to get in?

      Locks only slow down thieves. I image a bat to a window is quicker and less painful to a thief than slamming a shoulder into sheet metal.
      • 4 Years Ago
      So, I have an 08 Mazdaspeed3...should I be worried about leaving it in shady areas?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Check the manufacturing date on the door sill, or on the bottom of the driver's side B-pillar for the build date. All Mazda3 models built in Feb 2007 or later should have the reinforced plate as part of the augmented lock design. The lock was redesigned for the 2010 2nd gen model.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Didn't Autoblog once run a story about being able to open Mazda3s with tennis balls? Punch a hole in the ball, put the hole up against the lock. Punching the hole potentially has enough pressure to pop the lock, no dent needed...
      • 4 Years Ago
      I am quite happy that Mazda Canada is feeling some heat. As a 2004 Winning Blue Mazda 3 owner...I have been trying to get them to do something about my rust. Seems like I am not alone...mazda3forums is full of 2004 Winning Blue 3's that are literally rusting away. All communications with Mazda Canada have proved to me they are a company not worth giving my money to. I guess as a consumer the greatest power I have is to refuse to do business with them again.

      Punchy
        • 4 Years Ago
        The issue with RUST is because you get a Paint Chip from a Stone either on the Painted Surface or behind it. Once a Stone Chip has broken the paint, rust starts to form withing 24 hours. ANY Country which uses SALT during winter months will speed up the rusting process by 500%. Irregardless that you washed your car once a week during winter, you still might as well driven through the SEA. Looking at your rust pictures , again it is typical salt oxidization. Today every car brand uses the thinest grade steel they can get away with, because we want lighter fuel efficient cars. The thinner the steel the quicker rust will perforate through. Mazda are no different to any other car, they all use the same paint and rust undercoating procedures. If they had a little more paint applied it may protect the car from stone ship damage a little more, but eventually the same result happens. Solution...either get it fixed, live with it, or don't drive on salted roads.
        • 4 Years Ago
        That's not a stereotype. Roads in Canada are heavily salted, and I mean heavily. I've never seen so many rusty cars as in Ottawa. Headlamps are "sanded" even on relatively new cars. A 2004 car is now 6-7 years old....

        No manufacturer would deal with 50 people, scattered around the country, who think their car might have a particular issue as, in all likelyhood, 30 of them couldn't care less to maintain the car properly.

        • 4 Years Ago
        Kitko,

        Firstly I strongly disagree with your general statement as I live in Ottawa...we spread much less salt than we used to partly because we now use a mix of sand and salt and two because the city just can't afford it. Also newer cars just do not rust like they used to, better corrosion protection in general due to tech developments.

        Secondly, this is a well documented issue pertaining to 2004 Winning Blue Mazda 3's. It is not an issue related to poor maintenance or abuse by the owner...it is related to poor quality control for first year builds of this particular model.

        Even the APA has launched an investigation due to the high volume of complaints.

        Link:http://www.apa.ca/template.asp?DocID=115

        Scroll down a bit to see it.

        Or check this out to see what we are talking about.

        http://www.mazda3forums.com/index.php?topic=113768.msg2364950#msg236495

        This was started in 2008 when the car was 4 years old.

        Punchy
        • 4 Years Ago
        i think if you broaden your scale of investaigation, you will notice that "Canada" is full of "automobiles" rusting away.

      • 4 Years Ago
      "but it did add a reinforcement plate for any drivers that requested it "

      How in the world would someone know to request it?

      AFTER, it was broken into?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Nice pic.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Most Thieves will break the door glass, so do you Sue Mazda or all car makes?
        A RECALL is ONLY issued if it is a safety Issue....this is NOT.
        Mazda would not want to publicise this for Obvious reasons.
        Mazda are Not the Only car maker to ever have similar issues.
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