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Florida Man Says Defective BMW Parking-Assist Caused Crash

A defective parking-assist function in a 2013 BMW has been blamed for sending a car zooming over a parking lot division and crashing into a parked vehicle. According to an ABC news report, the incident occurred in a Target parking lot in Stuart, Florida. Jonathon Libratore, 27, told police he was trying to park when the parking-assist function on his 2013 BMW malfunctioned. The vehicle, he said, then accelerated over the parking mound and collided with a parked car on the other side. No one was injured in the crash. Libratore’s infant son was also in the vehicle, but uninjured.

Parking-Assist Failure Alleged

According to BMW officials the vehicle driven by Libratore did not feature a parking-assist function. BMW Park Assist prompts the driver to engage the appropriate gear, either forward or reverse, and requires the driver to control the speed of the car using the brake and accelerator pedals. The system by itself does not have the ability to accelerate the car, BMW officials have said in a statement. So far, the German automaker has not been contacted by officials to investigate the incident, according to the ABC report.

Investigation Warranted

Based on this news report, it is unclear as to precisely what caused the collision. Although there were no injuries in this particular case, there was the potential for serious injury or even death, going by the description of what occurred. In such cases, it is important to preserve the vehicle in its current condition, unaltered, so an expert can thoroughly examine it for vehicle defects, malfunctions or other evidence.

What caused the BMW to spin out of control in the parking lot? There are a number of unanswered questions here. Was it really caused by the parking-assist feature? Was there some other product defect or malfunction (mechanical or electronic) that may have caused or contributed to the crash? Was the driver at fault? These are just some of the questions that must be answered in order to determine precisely what occurred and why. An experienced auto product liability attorney who has successfully handled auto defect cases against large manufacturers, will be able to advise injured victims and their families in such cases about their legal rights and options.

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