San Francisco, CA: Preliminary approval of a defective automotive class action settlement has been granted, potentially ending the lawsuit pending against BMW over allegations the German auto-maker concealed a defect in the transmission of its Mini Cooper cars.
US District Judge Philip S. Gutierrez, who is hearing the complaint, (Aarons v. BMW of North America LLC, Case No. 11-cv-07667, in the US District Court for the Central District of California), has requested additional information about the class size and suggested some revisions to the existing preliminary settlement. However, if approved, thousands of Mini Cooper owners could be eligible to receive as much as $9,000 for vehicle repairs.
According to attorneys representing the plaintiffs, approximately 1,200 Mini Cooper owners had to have their transmissions replaced at BMW dealerships. However, many drivers took their Mini Coopers to a third-party facility for repair, and that number is not known.
The lawsuit claims that the transmission defect, which can cause significant delays in acceleration, loss of forward propulsion and total transmission failure while driving, was concealed from Mini Cooper customers, by BMW. However, BMW, at the same time, allegedly issued bulletins to BMW dealerships acknowledging the defect. The transmission defects also included the failure of the transmission without warning. These failures and defects may have contributed to traffic accidents resulting in serious injury or death.
The plaintiffs further claim that in an effort to keep the prices of the Mini Coopers low, BMW sacrificed quality, thereby making cars of a substandard quality and putting consumers at risk.
I have a 2005 mini cooper and having transmission problems. as it wont go into first and starting to have issues with other gears as well..
Posted by James
I have a 2005 mini and I never received any information about transmission problems,until I saw it on you tube! Why weren't all mini cooper owners alerted to this issue? From what I am seeing it may be too late for me!!! Seriously?was this reward only to those that had problems and complained? As per usual once settled I'm not entitled to compensation! I will contact my attorney to find out if there is any thing that can lead compensation,due to the ineffective of miss handling this transmission recall or notice of said lawsuit.I am highly disappointed with this so called closed door settlement.
Posted by Joe Holsberger
I have a 2006 Mini Cooper S that I just bought used with 64,000 miles. I just found out today that the transmission is shot and it will cost me over $ 6,000 to get repaired. Who can I talk to about this faulty transmission. Please help.
Posted by Jeanette
I'm an original owner of 2004 Mini Cooper with very low mileage (78,000). My transmission just started failing.
Mini refused to do anything about it. Please help!
Posted by Gabrielle Taylor
I Own a 2010 Mini Cooper S that was affected by the recall for the timing chain. I need to file a claim for this
Posted by Rebecca
I have a 2005 Mini Cooper S convertible. I had to have my transmission rebuilt about a year ago. Am I still eligible to take part in this lawsuit? I can show proof of work done.
Posted by Heather
I owned a 2008 Mini Cooper Hardtop and took excellent care of the vehicle. It only had 110,000 miles and was serviced regularly by a BMW/MINI dealership. Driving to work driving 45 the transmission failed and the car no longer moved. I was quoted over 10k to fix the transmission. Is it too late to file a claim for this obviously faulty transmission?
Posted by Edgar mendez
I own a 2005 Mini Cooper with 46,000 miles,I am the first owner. I believe the car is beginning to have transmission problems. Can I file a claim against BMW?
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