Welcome to the Informational Website for the BMW Settlement

UPDATE: Appeals to the Final Approval Order have been dismissed by the Court of Appeal for the Eleventh Circuit. The Court has established the Effective Date for the BMW Settlement as July 30, 2018.

A $131 million settlement has been proposed with Bayerische Motoren Werke AG (“BMW AG”), BMW of North America, LLC (“BMW NA”), and BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC (“BMW MC”) (collectively, “BMW”). The Settlement resolves claims that BMW manufactured, distributed, or sold certain vehicles containing allegedly defective inflators manufactured by Takata Corporation and TK Holdings, Inc. that allegedly could, upon deployment, rupture and expel debris or shrapnel into the occupant compartment or otherwise affect the airbag’s deployment, and that the Plaintiffs sustained economic losses as a result thereof. The Court preliminarily approved the settlement on June 9, 2017 and issued the preliminary approval order that was docketed on June 12, 2017.

BMW denies and continues to deny that it has violated any law, denies liability, and denies that it engaged in any and all wrongdoing with respect to the manufacture, distribution, or sale of the Subject Vehicles. Both sides in the lawsuit agreed to a settlement in order to increase recall completion rates and to avoid the cost and risk of further litigation, with the goal of enhanced customer satisfaction.

This economic loss class action settlement Class includes:

  • All persons or entities who or which owned and/or leased, on June 9, 2017, Subject Vehicles distributed for sale or lease in the United States or any of its territories or possessions; and
  • All persons or entities who or which formerly owned and/or leased Subject Vehicles distributed for sale or lease in the United States or any of its territories or possessions, and who or which sold or returned, pursuant to a lease, the Subject Vehicles after April 11, 2013, and through June 9, 2017.

The BMW Settlement does not involve claims for personal injury or property damage to any property other than the Subject Vehicles.

Important Note: Some vehicles included in the Settlement will be recalled at a later date and others may not require a recall. Your receipt of a Settlement Notice does not mean your vehicle is subject to a recall. Please refer to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website,, for the latest information about Takata recalls and to determine if your vehicle is subject to a recall.

Important Dates

  • June 9, 2017
    Preliminary Approval Hearing
  • September 25, 2017
    Exclusion (Opt-Out) Deadline
  • September 25, 2017
    Objection Deadline
  • October 25, 2017
    Final Approval (“Fairness”) Hearing
  • July 30, 2018
    Effective Date of the Settlement
  • July 30, 2019
    End of Settlement Program Year 1
  • July 31, 2019
    Start of Settlement Program Year 2
  • Quarter 1, 2020
    Residual Distribution for Claimants Determined to Be Eligible