A group of Metro Vancouver drivers have launched a class action lawsuit in connection to the price-fixing and bid-rigging scandal in the international automotive supply chain.
Vancouver lawyer David Klein alleges automotive part manufacturers like Japanese-based Denso Corporation conspired to increase or maintain the price of auto parts, therefore increasing the cost of vehicles.
“The case covers a broad range of somewhere between 30 and 40 different component parts, it’s likely that the cost of every vehicle was increased by several thousand dollars.”
He says the suit covers B.C. drivers behind the wheel of a variety of different vehicles.
“The suit was filed by a cross-section of our clients who purchased their cars between 2002-2010. The cars are Honda’s, Toyota’s, Ford’s, GM models. Virtually every car in North America was more expensive than it should have been.”
Klein says there have been similar class action suits in the past that have focused on individual parts, but that this suit breaks new ground in going after the manufacturer groups.
He says anyone interested in participating in the lawsuit can contact Klein Lawyers in Vancouver.
The Canadian Competition Bureau’s investigation involving motor vehicle parts has resulted in seven guilty pleas and over $56 million in fines since 2013.