The Shell Canada Lawsuit
was a class action
suit filed against Shell Canada Limited
on July 18, 2003, on behalf of customers who purchased "Bronze" (regular-grade
products, to which Shell Canada added an "additive
", between March 1, 2001 and April 15, 2002. This additive allegedly caused damage to the fuel supply system
of many cars, most commonly of Acura
, General Motors
brands. While Shell Canada estimated that between 100,000 and 200,000 customers bought "Bronze" products during that period, it is unknown how many total vehicles were affected.
A settlement was reached on January 7, 2004, and was approved by the Superior Court of Quebec
in June 2004
. Under the settlement, Shell compensated people who owned or leased vehicles that were filled with at least C$
100 worth of Shell branded gasoline between March 1, 2001 and April 15, 2002 and that experienced fuel pump
or fuel sensor
problems before July 31, 2002. Claims were able to be made under the class action until November 5, 2004.
There are three classes of claims and compensation:
- People who owned or leased 1996–2002 Chrysler vehicles (except Jeeps) were fully reimbursed for fuel pump and fuel sensor repairs and for eligible out-of-pocket expenses.
- People who owned or leased other 1996–2002 vehicles and who can establish that the fuel pump or fuel-sending unit had a particular residue on it were reimbursed for eligible......