Welcome to the good ole US of A. Everyone is sue happy. Everyone is looking to make a buck off of every mistake bt every manufacturer so they can live the highlife.
A California couple seriously injured when their 1994 Ford Explorer rolled over in the California desert have settled their lawsuit for a total of $14.9 million, including $9.4 million against the dealer that sold them the sport utility vehicle. LINK
There are more from GM, Dodge and other manufacturers. Ford just seems to get the highlight reel more times than anyone else.
The problem with this place...aka the US....is that everyone is looking for the quick buck. Be it a lawyer ready to sue everyone that is involved in a product that is either faulty or not used properly and caused damages. Look at the Lawsuits brought up by fat people in the NE area of the US. They were suing McDonalds stating that the products maccas makes are addicting and they got Fat because of the purposefully designed food by Maccas to make people addicted to it. It all stemmed off of the lawsuit by people against the cigarette manufacturers.
Now this is a personal opinion, but if you smoke cigarettes it is your choice. If you can not stop smoking because you are "addicted" then that is not the problem of the manufacturer. Even if he makes the product more appealing to the user that finds the need now to smoke them. If you do not have any will power to stop smoking that is not the fault of the manufacturer, but your own.
Ok end rant. I just do not think that big tobacco companies should have been held responsible for the addictions and behavours of those that have no will power to stop smoking. BTW for the record I smoked for 13 years, quit for 4 years smoked for 2 weeks and have not had another cig for over a year. it is a matter of choice. No drugs, no patches, no gum. It was done cold turkey. Anyhow sorry for the rambling. Just had to make a point.