Motorist sues BMW over

A court has heard that a Mini Clubman with a faulty turbocharger has allegedly poisoned its driver with exhaust fumes over an 18-month period.

The Irish Times reported Helen Noble, a solicitor and mother of two from Co Wicklow, is suing BMW, which is Mini's parent company, the BMW dealership in Ireland that leased her the car and the bank that financed the deal.

Ms Noble claims she suffered for about a year and a half and underwent medical treatment, including procedures resulting in her being unable to have more children, before the alleged carbon monoxide poisoning was detected.

The proceedings were before the High Court in Dublin last week to deal with discovery issues and the court heard Motor Import Ltd had agreed to make discovery of service records related to the car.

Between November 2009 and August 2011, Ms Noble claims she suffered headaches, dizzy spells, exhaustion, blackouts, slurred speech, heart palpitations and anaemia.

In around July of 2011, it was discovered there was "a serious leak of diesel fumes" it is claimed.

In 2011, relatives approached the courts in America after a man in New York and a woman in Florida both died when Toyota cars, which also boasted especially quiet engines, were inadvertently left running after being parked in their home garages.

The cars, which featured hi-tech key systems that allowed the drivers to start and stop their engines by flicking a switch, were blamed for the two deaths by carbon monoxide poisoning.