Judge Certifies Class of California BMW i3 REx Owners in Class-Action Lawsuit over Dangerous Range Extender Defect

A federal judge’s order greenlights a class action against BMW accusing it of selling BMW i3 models that can suddenly lose speed and power during operation

LOS ANGELES – Today, Judge Terry Hatter Jr. issued an order in a federal class-action lawsuit against BMW advancing claims on behalf of California consumers that BMW knowingly sold and leased BMW i3 REx models with a defect that can cause sudden loss of speed and power during operation, according to attorneys at Hagens Berman.

The court’s order allows the case against BMW to continue, with claims on behalf of the defined class of, “All entities, that do not have more than five motor vehicles registered in California, and all individuals who purchased or leased a new model year 2014, 2015 or 2016 BMW i3 REx electric car equipped with the ‘Range Extender’ option from an authorized BMW dealer in California on or before May 16, 2016.”

If you own or lease a BMW i3 REx, you may be entitled to compensation for this serious safety defect. Contact Hagens Berman to find out more about this issue and your consumer rights against BMW.

“We are grateful for the court’s thorough analysis of our claims against BMW and look forward to seeing this case through as quickly as possible for the many owners who have experienced the dangerous impact of BMW’s defect,” said Steve Berman, managing partner of Hagens Berman. “When a resolution is achieved, we will also achieve safety for these consumers.”

Attorneys say that drivers and passengers with the defective BMW i3 models are at risk of crash and injury, and the lawsuit states that this defect essentially renders the REx useless and dangerous when operating as intended despite emphatic marketing from BMW that the Range Extender doubles the range of the i3 from approximately 81 miles to 150 miles.

Rather than extending the range of the BMW i3, BMW’s deceptively named Range Extenders only come on when the battery reaches 6% or less charge, and they plunge the vehicles into “limp mode,” suddenly slowing the vehicle to dangerously low speeds in highway traffic, and unable to climb hills or accelerate, according to the complaint.

Learn more about the lawsuit against BMW.

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