BMW Settles on Timing Chain Class Action Lawsuit
On November 17, 2017, people filed yet another class action lawsuit against BMW concerning an engine defect. This time, it is from car owners seeking compensation for an alleged engine chain defect.
Plaintiffs allege that the N20 and N26 engines in particular BMW models are defective and may cause engine failure.
Claims point to BMW knowing the defect for so long but did not take action to get it fixed or even informed the people.
There are two particular defects that the plaintiffs have experienced and are complaining about: one that affects the primary chain and is also called the timing chain.
It controls the actions of the crankshaft, camshafts, and cylinder valves.
The second defect affects the secondary chain that is connected to the oil pump and balance shaft assembly to the crankshaft.
The parts in the assembly are weak against high-resistance wear, and the defect causes the chain to elongate prematurely, slip, and damage the chain sprocket.
According to allegations, the primary chain’s plastic guide assembly is made of a defective polycarbonate material that breaks and becomes brittle, resulting in debris that will get into the crankshaft drive sprockets.
The debris can also make the primary chain skip, making the camshaft and crankshaft fall out of sync, which may get the engine damaged.
In 2018, a judge let go of some claims in the BMW timing chain class action lawsuit, and they signaled the remaining claims to go further.
US District Judge William H. Walls dismissed the claims related to negligent misrepresentation and some individual claims from people who he thinks did not may sue.
Although he did keep most of the claims that were linked to warranty breach, consumer fraud, and unjust enrichment.
BMW has then settled to resolve the claims around December 2020. It will provide reimbursement for different BMW repairs that are connected to the issue.
The settlement will cover former US owners and lessees of the following models:
- 2012 to 2015 X1 SAV
- 2013 to 2015 X3 SAV
- 2015 X4 SAV
- 2012 to 2015 Z4
- 2014 to 2015 228i Coupe, Convertible
- 2012 to 2015 320i Sedan
- 2012 to 2015 328i Sedan, Sports Wagon, Gran Turismo
- 2014 to 2015 428i Coupe, Convertible, Gran Coupe
- 2012 to 2015 528i Sedan
There are further details on the website, like the model years are not fully indicative if someone is eligible for the settlement.
BMW, or Bayerische Motoren Werke AG, is a car manufacturer that makes luxury vehicles and motorcycles.
The company was founded on March 7, 1916, by Camillo Castiglioni, Franz Josef Popp, and Karl Rapp.
Their headquarters is in Munich, Germany but their products reach almost the entire world.
Editor’s Note on BMW Timing Chain Class Action Settlement:
This article is published to update you of the BMW Timing Chain Settlement that resulted from the class action filed in 2017.
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