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BMW agrees to settle vehicle water damage suit for up to $478 million according to : Automotive News

according to BMW has also agreed to pay nearly $1.8 million to cover legal fees and costs of the suing owners.
WASHINGTON — German automaker BMW AG has agreed to pay up to $477.7 million to settle a class-action lawsuit covering about 318,000 U.S. luxury car owners who may have suffered water damage harming electrical components in vehicle trunks.
As part of repairs, dealers will affix a warning label that informs owners not to spill liquids in the trunk.
Owners of vehicles with fewer than 120,000 miles and are less than 10 years old are eligible for a free inspection and repairs if needed.
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BMW agrees to settle vehicle water damage suit for up to $478 million

as mentioned in BMW has also agreed to pay nearly $1.8 million to cover legal fees and costs of the suing owners.
REUTERS/Yves Herman/File PhotoWASHINGTON German automaker BMW AG (BMWG.DE) has agreed to pay up to $477.7 million to settle a class-action lawsuit covering about 318,000 U.S. luxury car owners who may have suffered water damage harming electrical components in vehicle trunks.
FILE PHOTO: A BMW logo is seen on a wheel at the Brussels International Auto Show in Belgium, January 22, 2015.
As part of repairs, dealers will affix a warning label that informs owners not to spill liquids in the trunk.
BMW has faced suits in New York and California over the issue for four years and the documents do not indicate how many owners may seek reimbursement.

BMW settles water damage lawsuit for up to $478M

as mentioned in The class-action lawsuit seeks compensation for 5-Series water damage to electronics in the trunk.
In some cases, clogged sunroof drain tubes or plenums are said to be responsible for water intrusion.The lawsuit lists 2004-2010 vehicles, representing around 318,000 vehicles in the US market.
BMW 5-SeriesMSRP $50,200 MPG 23/34 city / hwy Get More Car InfoBMW has reached a settlement in a class-action lawsuit over water damage in older 5-Series vehiclesOwners claim the E60-generation sedan is particularly vulnerable to electronic problems due to sensitive components placed in the spare tire well.
Vehicles less than 10 years old with fewer than 120,000 miles will be eligible for free inspection and repairs, while owners of older vehicles can receive reimbursement $1,500 for prior repairs.
Reuters suggests the settlement is theoretically worth nearly $478 million if every vehicle qualifies for repairs or reimbursement, but the actual payout will likely be much lower.The company has also agreed to install warning labels in repaired vehicles to discourage owners from allowing liquids to spill in the trunk.

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