A lawsuit has been filed against BMW alleging several of the company’s makes and models were designed with defective panoramic sunroofs and moonroofs that are prone to shattering. The lawsuit has been filed in the District of New Jersey and is seeking class-action status on behalf of U.S. consumers who purchased, own, owned, lease or leased a BMW vehicle manufactured with a sunroof or moonroof.
The vehicles listed in the lawsuit include the following:
- 2005-2013 BMW 3 series
- 2004-2018 BMW X5s
- 2005-2018 X3s
- 2009-2018 BMW X1s
- 2008-2018 MINI Clubmans
- 2006-2008 MINI Coopers
- 2011-2018 MINI Countrymans
- 2009-2018 MINI Hardtops
- 2013-2016 MINI Pacemans
The lawsuit claims the glass is defective due to its design, the way it was manufactured, the materials used and/or workmanship. It also alleges the manufacturer knew of the supposed defect and failed to disclose the information to owners and lessees.
In 2004, the company began including panoramic sunroofs as an upgrade in certain vehicles, the lawsuit claims. In addition, the non-panoramic sunroofs of the BMW 3 series are also named in the lawsuit, claiming they, too, are prone to shattering unexpectedly.
The lawsuit was filed by the law firm of Kessler Topaz Meltzer & Check, LLP.