BMW is considered one of the premiere automakers on the planet. In addition to making luxury cars, the manufacturer also makes motorcycles. A man named Henry Wolf is now suing the manufacturer because he says the seat of his motorcycle gave him a persistent erection that cost him lost time at work and medical expense that he cannot afford.
According to news reports, the incident began after Wolf took a four-hour motorcycle ride on his 1993 BMW motorcycle. The bike had a special seat made by seat-maker Corbin-Pacific, which is also being sued. The seat at a unique ridge in it that Wolf claims is the source of his erectile problem.
Wolf is reportedly suing BMW for lost wages, medical expenses, emotional distress and something listed in the lawsuit as "general damages." Wolf claims that he has had a non-stop persistent erection going for the last 20 months. In addition to the pain and discomfort that this condition brings, Wolf is also claiming in the lawsuit that he is unable to engage in any kind of sexual activity which has caused emotional anguish for him.
There are some in the medical community who have stepped forward on various radio and television shows to discuss the allegations made by Wolf. At least one, Dr. Michael Lutz, says that there is no medical evidence or reason to support Wolf’s claims. He did tell one CBS affiliate, however, that "It’s been long-known that compression of the neurovascular supply to the penis — if it’s compressed for a period of time, whether it be on a bicycle seat or some other device — it can actually cause prolonged numbness of the genitalia."
A report from BMW Motorcycle of Canton, Michigan, said that they checked out the claims given by Wolf. It was discovered, at that time, that Wolf was not using a standard BMW seat. It was an after-market seat installed after the motorcycle was produced and distributed to a dealership. Normally, however, these after-market seats are purchased by motorcycle enthusiasts to make the ride more comfortable.
The companies named in the lawsuit are BMW America and the seat manufacturer. No details were given to indicate exactly how large the damages are that Wolf is seeking. The lawsuit was filed in a California court last week and has yet to be presented before a judge.