BMW Cup Holders Allegedly Defective – Class Action Alleges That When Liquid Spills Into Cup Holder, Wires For Airbag Control Module Get Wet, Causing Damage To Air Bags
On December 16, 2021, a class action lawsuit was filed in United States District Court, Central District of California, against BMW Of North America, LLC on behalf of a class of current and former BMW vehicle owners and lessees with defective cup holders utilized in numerous BMW vehicles sold in the United States, including, but not limited to, 2020 X7 M50i automobiles.
According to the class action complaint, the lawsuit stemmed from Defendant BMW Of North America’s failure, despite its longstanding knowledge of a material defect, to properly disclose that the Class Vehicles’ cup holders are defective and not properly designed to hold cups filled with liquid, which impairs the safety and reliability of the Class Vehicles.
The cup holders in the Class Vehicles, allegedly, are designed defectively, because they are not designed, nor intended, to actually hold cups filled with liquid. When liquid spills into the cup holder, the wires for the SRS Airbag Control Module get wet and damage the air bags.
Consequently, the air bags can inadvertently deploy, and the defect, according to the complaint, exposes the driver and occupants of the Class Vehicles, as well as others who share the road with them, to an increased risk of accident, injury, or death.
Further, Defendant BMW Of North America, allegedly, has been aware of the defect, and many owners and lessees of the Class Vehicles have communicated with Defendant BMW Of North America or its agents to request that it remedy and/or properly address the defect. According to the lawsuit, despite its longstanding knowledge of this defect and such requests, BMW Of North America has routinely refused to properly repair the Class Vehicles.