Second Lawsuit Filed Against BMW Over Sudden Engine Power Failures

BMW Second Lawsuit Sudden Engine Power Failures BMW (BAMXY) likes to tout itself as the maker of the ultimate driving machine. The word "ultimate" comes from the Latin word for last, and thanks to a faulty engine design, you could spend your last moments in a BMW that suddenly loses power on the freeway. Naturally, this little problem has not escaped the attention of the legal industry. This week, a California firm filed a class action lawsuit against BMW -- the second one of which I'm aware.

On Oct. 5, Kershaw, Cutter & Ratinoff, LLP, announced that it had recently filed a class action lawsuit "on behalf of thousands of individuals who own various BMW vehicles released between the years of 2007-2010." I wrote about this problem on DailyFinance in July -- BMW's new N54 twin turbo engine sports a faulty high-powered fuel pump that can suddenly fail. And when the pump fails, the engine goes into what's known as "limp mode."

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This means that the ultimate driving machine suddenly loses power and subsequently can't go faster than 20 miles per hour -- if it can go at all. Since July, I've spoken to several people who have suffered from this problem while driving on the freeway. One was an Ohio emergency room doctor who was heading home at 2 a.m. after a shift. His BMW went into limp mode on the highway about 30 miles from his home. That must have been a long commute.

The first such lawsuit of which I am aware was filed by a class represented by Wayne Barney of Orange County, Calif. Barney began experiencing "turbo lag after his 2007 BMW 335i was serviced for a faulty fuel pump," according to his suit. He shared the problem with BMW several times, but was "repeatedly assured that he was mistaken about the existence of any problems."

A source tells me that a major TV network is working on several exposés of BMW on this and other matters, so this is not likely to be the last you'll hear of the German automaker's woes.
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