Class action law firm takes on BMW’s N54 turbo engine

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 12, 2010

Kershaw, Cutter & Ratinoff, LLP, a California-based class action law firm announced that it filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of thousands of individuals who own various BMW vehicles which were manufactured between 2007-2010. According to the press release, the lawsuit seeks to compel BMW to initiate a recall which would replace all of the high pressure fuel pumps (HPFP) in the affected vehicles.

Apparently, when the Bavarian manufacturer announced its new N54 twin turbo engine, it also said that the newly developed fuel injection system would eliminate 'turbo lag'. But, it appears that this new engine contains serious design flaws that render the vehicles unsafe to drive.

There are essentially two design flaws at the center of the case. First, the plaintiff asserts that BMW's new fuel injection system malfunctions at an alarming high rate, and as a result many owners are forced to replace their fuel pumps, sometimes within 1,000 miles.

The second problems is related to turbochargers, because this new engine doesn’t eliminate turbo lag, and some BMW owners said that they were hearing strange noises from the engine along with a delay in throttle response.

Apparently, Bmw discovered the fact that these problems are the result of a design defect in the turbo chargers. In order to solve this problem, BMW implemented a secret 'software fix' to hide the problems from consumers.

This software keeps the turbo chargers from operating at full capacity, ensuring that their defects would go undetected (this is interesting..). We will not say anything until we will see an official statement from BMW, because we have to hear what the Bavarian manufacturer has to say about this. [via Autoblog]

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