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Man suffers a long-standing erection after a 4-hour motorcycle ride

We have all heard about some of the dangers or risks associated with riding a motorcycle. However, in recent news, a California man has sued BMW North America and a motorcycle-seat maker after a four-hour ride on his 1993 BMW motorcycle resulted in a long-lasting erection. In medical terms, the man has "a severe case of priapism." This condition has continued for approximately 20 months--and counting.

The lawsuit has been initiated against BMW and recognized seatmaker Corbin-Pacific. The case was filed in California Superior Court in San Francisco. In this product liability case, the man alleges that he has suffered from the erection problem since the fall of 2010.

Specifically, this particular motorcycle was fitted with a "ridge-like" seat. According to sources, there have been concerns about these "banana" bike seats for the past few years. Both men and women have claimed that the seats cause a loss of feeling in the reproductive area. Nevertheless, this specific case has gone a little too far (or too long).

The complaint also includes a claim for emotional distress. The victim is currently unable to engage in sexual activity, which is causing him emotional and mental suffering. Ultimately, the victim wants monetary reimbursement from BMW and Corbin for lost wages and medical expenses.

Severe injuries like this one tend to require substantial financial resources. When auto manufacturers create motorcycles with harmful or defective parts, they should be held responsible for any injuries that the product inflicts on a consumer.

Source: USA Today, "Man sues BMW for 20-month erection after bike ride," Fred Meier, April 29, 2012

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