Man sues car com­pany af­ter find­ing knife in­side driver’s seat

Daily Sabah (Turkey) - - National -

>> BRAND new cars are not with­out their faults, and buy­ers have been known to file com­plaints against car­mak­ers, of­ten for sloppy paint jobs or other mal­func­tions. For Al­parslan To­sun, such a fault al­most took a deadly turn. To­sun claims he found a util­ity knife un­der the cover of the driver’s seat in a new car he bought for his wife, af­ter some­thing cut his fin­ger. He filed a crim­i­nal com­plaint against the au­tomaker based in Bursa, the north­west­ern prov­ince known as Turkey’s ve­hi­cle pro­duc­tion hub.

To­sun, who lives in the western prov­ince of Manisa, said he bought the car on Sept. 9 for TL 119,000 (around $15,300) and was clean­ing the driver’s seat when he felt a pain in his fin­ger.

When he saw blood on his fin­ger, he won­dered where the cut came from and dis­cov­ered a bulge at the sec­tion of the seat where the driver’s lower back would rest. Some­thing sharp was pro­trud­ing from the bulge. Re­mov­ing the seat cover, he found a 20-cen­time­ter-long (8-inch-long) util­ity knife with a 7-cen­time­ter blade stuck there.

To­sun did not care much at first and had the util­ity knife re­moved at a me­chanic’s shop. He later con­tacted the car­maker, and the seat was re­placed with a new one. He then re­ceived a phone call from the fac­tory, ask­ing if he would seek com­pen­sa­tion. “The case was closed for me, and we told them we won’t ask for dam­ages. But they thought we could press on with a law­suit and re­peat­edly called us, invit­ing us to the fac­tory and of­fer­ing the re­place­ment of all the seats in the car,” To­sun told Demirören News Agency (DHA) yes­ter­day.

Yet, when they later can­celed the in­vi­ta­tion to the fac­tory, To­sun said he was an­noyed. “I thought about it again and de­cided to file a com­plaint,” he said.

His wife Semiha To­sun says she was shocked when she saw the blade. “It could even kill me. It was in such a spot that it could go through my spine if I braked hard,” she said.

“The com­pany ap­par­ently tried to cover it up while we awaited a sin­cere apol­ogy. When we saw they were not se­ri­ous about the is­sue, we de­cided to launch a le­gal process,” she said.

Al­parslan To­sun shows the spot where he found the knife, in Manisa, western Turkey, Oct. 6, 2020.

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