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Porsche owner claims he suffered lung injury after inhaling smoke from vehicle

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By Noddy A. Fernandez | Dec 11, 2018


PHILADELPHIA — An individual is suing automobile company, citing alleged failure to warn and strict liability.

Joseph Edward Riad filed a complaint on Nov. 30 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania against Porsche Cars North America Inc. and Dr. Ing, H.C.F. Porsche Aktiengellshaft, alleging the defendants manufactured and placed into the stream of commerce a vehicle that was in a defective and unreasonably dangerous condition.

According to the complaint, on Dec. 1, 2016, Joseph Edward Riad was driving his 2004 Porsche Cayenne Turbo SUV manufactured by defendants when he noticed that the engine was hesitating. After communicating with his Porsche dealership, he was advised the situation was not a major issue and just drive his vehicle to the nearest service dealership, the suit says.

However, plaintiff claims during the drive to Newark Porsche, he noticed vapors coming out from the under the hood of his vehicle and smoke began emanating through the air conditioning vents. He claims he arrived at Newark Porsche extremely nauseous and was hospitalized with a finding of permanent lung damage as a result of exposure to toxic fumes. 

The plaintiff holds Porsche Cars North America Inc. and Dr. Ing, H.C.F. Porsche Aktiengellshaft responsible because the defendants allegedly failed to provide plaintiff with notice of the defective condition and warn of the known risks from failure of the defective plastic coolant pipes on the vehicle.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment for damages in the amount of $5 million, plus punitive damages, costs of action, and any other relief the Honorable Court determines just and proper. He is represented by Mickala Rector of Rector Law in Kenneth Square.

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania Case No. is 2:18-cv-05175-CDJ.

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