— A MINI Cooper water pump lawsuit won't see the light of day after a California federal judge dismissed the $85 million class-action lawsuit based on a lack of information. The lawsuit alleges the water pumps in model year 2007-2013 MINI Coopers have a defect that cause the pumps to fail, yet BMW didn't inform customers of the alleged defect.
Plaintiff Trish Herremans claimed her water pump failed twice, once after the warranty expired which caused her to shell out $1,700 to repair the pump. Herremans claimed the water pump made loud noises and leaked, which could cause the engine to overheat.
BMW argued the lawsuit should be dismissed because Herremans couldn't prove the automaker intentionally hid the alleged defect from the public. Without the ability to prove fraud, the judge said the lawsuit couldn't move forward because the water pump failed beyond the statute of limitations.
The judge didn't rule if there is a defect in the water pumps, but U.S. District Judge Margaret M. Morrow did say the plaintiff didn't provide enough information to show BMW was aware of the alleged pump defect and concealed the problem from the public.
The Mini Cooper Water Pump Lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court of the Central District of California - Trish Herremans v. BMW of North America LLC.