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BMW denies responsibility in Rolls-Royce crash

BMW went to court yesterday to defend itself in a lawsuit in which a Shanghai company blamed the defects of a Rolls-Royce sedan for the death of its employee in a car accident last year.
The plaintiff, Shanghai Fengxinge Crafts Company, also brought the car to the Minhang District People's Court yesterday, demanding 13 million yuan (US$2 million) in compensation from the German car maker and a local car dealership.
The accident happened in January last year when the Rolls-Royce suddenly lost control and crashed into the guardrail of a highway in Shandong Province. The driver survived but one passenger died at the scene, the court heard.
The Shanghai company said it bought the Rolls-Royce Phantom in March 2010 for 6.35 million yuan and the victim was one of its employees.
During yesterday's hearing, Fengxinge provided a third-party examination report to the court, saying the car's right-front tire lost pressure and caused the accident.
A BMW representative questioned the authority of the report and said fatigue driving and fast speed was the main cause of the accident. BMW also requested a second examination in the court.
No verdict was made yesterday after the hearing.
Last month, Shanghai General Motors reached a 300,000-yuan compensation agreement with a family who sued GM for the death of their relative in a traffic accident.
Han Dazhong was driving his new Cadillac when he crashed into a truck at a high speed on a highway in Jiangsu Province in 2010.
The family said the Cadillac had a serious quality defect as none of the car's six airbags inflated in the crash, but the court ruled that the car had no defect.


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