The judge said that humans have been slamming their fingers in doors since doors were invented and the doors on BMW’s vehicles are no exception.
Plaintiffs Avi Azoulai, Kamil Cirak, and Reem Haidary and/or their family members suffered injuries humans are all too familiar with by having doors close on their fingers.
But rather than seeking to recover for their injuries, the plaintiffs filed a class-action lawsuit based on consumer fraud, alleging the BMW soft close automatic feature is defective because it does not have sensors to detect fingers in the car doors before activating and that BMW unlawfully failed to disclose the alleged defect.
The lawsuit names the following allegedly defective vehicles:
- 2002–2015 BMW 7 Series (excluding G11/G12 models)
- 2004–2016 BMW 6 Series Coupe and Convertible
- 2008–2016 BMW X5
- 2009–2016 BMW X6
- 2010–2016 BMW 5 Series GT
- 2011–2016 BMW 5 Series
- 2013–2016 BMW 6 Series GC
- (All of the M models of these vehicle are also included)
Beginning in 2002, BMW began developing, marketing, advertising and selling vehicles with soft close doors, an optional add-on costing approximately $500 to $1,000 that auto-activates and pulls the door of the vehicle to the frame of the vehicle and firmly closes it when the door is within 6mm of the closed position.