It may be “the ultimate driving machine,” but BMWs are proving to be hell on drivers’ thumbs.
In yet another lawsuit filed against the German automaker over its luxury cars’ automatically closing doors, a Long Island woman claims her BMW 750Li nearly cut her thumb off — crushing it to the point that she needed reconstructive surgery and two pins.
Alexis Fields, a stay-at-home mom from Smithtown, was on her way to her daughter’s Halloween parade in 2016 when her right hand got crushed in the automatic door as she was getting out of her car.
The BMW has SCAD (Soft-Close Automatic Door) technology which detects attempts to close the door and kicks in an auto-close mechanism.
Fields, 40, says she was reaching in to grab her purse with her right hand leaning on the door frame when the wind nudged the door slightly and triggered the motor.
“It happened so fast. It pulled shut on my finger and clamped down like a vice. My thumb was completely flat within seconds,” Fields said.
“Then it exploded. It blew up two, three or four times its size. It was awful. Initially I felt no pain but then I started to panic and the pain came in,” Fields added.
Within two hours Fields, whose thumb was “mauled and mutilated,” went to a specialist who performed surgery. But “sadly, by that time, it was too late to restore Mrs. Fields’ thumb to its former pre-injury condition,” the suit states.
Fields has numbness, limited mobility and pain in her right hand to this day resulting from the Oct. 31, 2016, incident.
She has a hard time making lunches for her kids, folding laundry, writing and, as an avid bowler, “has not picked up a bowling ball since,” the suit claims.
“They are not doing anything to fix it. They just make excuses for it. One of my kids could have lost their hand,” said Fields, a mother of two young children.
Her husband, Seth Fields, said they have since gotten rid of the car, but even without automatic doors the family was left “traumatized.”
“Now we don’t let the kids touch the doors. I’m constantly saying, ‘watch your fingers,’ ” said Seth.
“I didn’t want to be near that car ever again,” Alexis said, noting that her thumb is now “crooked.”
“Customers spend lots of money to drive what BMW calls the ‘Ultimate Driving Machine.’ It should be called the ‘Ultimate Danger Machine,’ ” said the Fields’ lawyer, Avi Cohen.
The lawsuit says that BMW should have warnings on the car about the dangers of SCAD and BMW should recall any cars that have the technology and install motion sensors that would stop the door from closing when obstructions are in the way.
In March, Godwin Boateng sued the carmaker after his right thumb was chopped off by the SCAD technology in his $70,000 BMW X5.
Boateng, a 61-year-old who also lives on Long Island, is also repped by Cohen.
Unlike Fields, doctors were unable to save his thumb and he now wears a fake digit from a $3 magician’s kit.
Cohen said since The Post earlier reported on Boateng he has been flooded with dozens of calls from people from around the country who say they have similar injuries.
“BMW, like a petulant child, has been unwilling to take responsibility for its modern-day guillotine doors,” Cohen said.
A rep for BMW said, “We can’t comment on any pending litigation.”