On December 5, 2014, a class action was initiated in the Superior Court of Quebec (the "Quebec Court" and, with the Ontario Court, the "Courts") on behalf of all persons and organizations in Canada who purchased and/or leased a Subject Vehicle - E. Vitoratos and A. Frey v. Takata Corp. et. al., Court File No.: 500-06-000723-144 (the "Quebec Action").
On June 1, 2015, an action was commenced in Saskatchewan, styled Dale Hall v. Takata Corporation et al., Court File QBG.1284 of 2015. On January 20, 2016 an action was initiated in the Supreme Court of British Columbia, styled Reena Rai v. Takata Corporation et al., Vancouver Registry No. S148694 (“Other Actions”).
On October 30, 2018 a class action was initiated in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice (the “Ontario Court”) on behalf of all persons, entities or organizations residing in Canada who purchased and/or leased a Subject Vehicle – Arlene Stevenson, et. al. v. Mazda Motor Corporation, et. al., Court File No. CV-18-00607848-00CP (the “Ontario Action”). Note that Mazda Motor Corporation and Mazda Canada Inc. were initially named as defendants in D’Haene et. al. v. Takata Corporation et. al., Court File No.: CV-15-22104CP, but this proceeding was discontinued against Mazda Motor Corporation and Mazda Canada Inc. pursuant to the order of Justice Perell, dated November 6, 2018.
The Ontario, Quebec, and Other Actions allege that certain automotive companies, including Mazda, manufactured, distributed, or sold certain vehicles containing allegedly defective Takata airbag inflators manufactured by Defendants Takata Corporation and TK Holdings, Inc. that allegedly could, upon deployment, rupture and expel debris or shrapnel into the occupant compartment and/or otherwise affect the airbag's deployment, and that the plaintiffs sustained economic losses as a result thereof.
Mazda denies that it committed any violations of law, engaged in any unlawful act or conduct, or that there is any basis for liability for any of these allegations.
The Quebec Court authorized the Quebec Action as a class action for settlement purposes only and issued related orders on October 3, 2019. The Ontario Court certified the Ontario Action as a class action and issued related orders, including conforming the dates with the Quebec Court on February 25, 2019 and October 3, 2019. To view the Quebec Court’s order, please click here. To view the Ontario Court’s order, please click here.