Lawsuit Claims That BMW Put People’s Safety At Risk By Failing To Disclose Premature Transmission Failure

LOS ANGELES (December 14, 2011) – The national law firm of Baron and Budd, led by attorneys Roland Tellis and Mark Pifko, has filed a lawsuit against vehicle manufacturer BMW concerning safety issues and the company’s refusal to disclose its knowledge about premature automatic transmission failures in first generation Mini Coopers to consumers. Though the Mini Cooper was marketed as an affordable, yet stylish car with high performance features, the lawsuit alleges that BMW rushed the Mini Cooper to completion and, in doing so, the company cut corners, sacrificing safety and quality to maintain price targets, resulting in the installation of poor transmissions in first generation Mini Coopers.

“BMW marketed the Mini so aggressively that people were lining up to get their hands on one when they first hit the streets -some people waiting almost a year,” said Mark Pifko, attorney at Baron and Budd. “But what BMW promised with the Mini, a premium car for an unheard of price, was too good to be true. Sadly, over time, owners of the first generation Minis have found that their vehicles’ transmissions just don’t last.  Given the safety concerns reported to the NHTSA, it’s particularly appalling that BMW has carelessly concealed this issue from the public.  With a car that’s not much bigger than a golf cart, people need to know about the potential risks of transmission failure, which could leave them exposed to collisions, stuck in the middle of intersections, or suddenly without power to the wheels while at highway speeds.”

According to the lawsuit, BMW sacrificed quality to meet demand and keep prices low for the Mini Cooper. As a result, the company hastily churned out vehicles equipped with substandard parts and poor workmanship, which led to premature transmission failure. To fix the problem, consumers would need to spend up to one-half of the vehicle’s original retail price. Not only that, but transmissions can fail without warning, putting drivers and passengers at serious risk. Despite knowing about these issues, BMW concealed this information from the public.

Baron and Budd is a nationally recognized plaintiffs’ law firm with more than 30 years of experience fighting to protect what’s right for consumers. The firm prides itself on remaining on the cutting-edge of meaningful litigation that protects people from negligent companies. Earlier this year, Baron and Budd served on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee (PSC) in the Bank of America overdraft fee litigation that resulted in a $410 million settlement for consumers that forced Bank of America and many other financial institutions to change their overdraft fee policies. The firm is also involved in many other consumer issues, including online scams, deceptive food labeling, and other financial issues.

To learn more about the BMW Mini Cooper lawsuit, contact Baron and Budd at 1.866.844.4556 or visit the firm’s website: http:///baronandbudd.com

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