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Helen Noble (42), of Killballyowen, Aughrim, Co Wicklow pictured leaving the Four Courts - with her husband Mike (Left) after the opening day of her High Court action for damages.Pic: Courts Collins

Helen Noble (42), of Killballyowen, Aughrim, Co Wicklow pictured leaving the Four Courts - with her husband Mike (Left) after the opening day of her High Court action for damages.Pic: Courts Collins

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Helen Noble (42), of Killballyowen, Aughrim, Co Wicklow pictured leaving the Four Courts - with her husband Mike (Left) after the opening day of her High Court action for damages.Pic: Courts Collins

A mother of two who claimed she suffered chronic carbon monoxide poisoning due to an alleged oil leak from the turbo charger of her brand new BMW Mini Clubman car has settled her High Court action for damages.

Solicitor Helen Noble bought the BMW mini under a hire purchase agreement for a total of €45,362 for her three hour commute from her Co Wicklow home to work in a busy Dublin city practice.

But she told the court she suffered headaches, dizzy spells,nausea, slurred speech and her eyelashes and hair fell out over a three year period as she used the car for her daily 76km round trip from home to work.

"It was the most harrowing horrible experience of my life . I missed out on a couple of years my childrens' lives. It was a horrendous couple of years."  she said

Ms Noble (42), Killballyowen, Aughrim, Co Wicklow,  sued Motor Import Ltd, trading as Frank Keane (Naas Road), Dublin, as well as BMW AG, of Munich, Germany, and Permanent TSB as arrangers of the hire purchase agreement.

The defendants denied  any liability.

In her action, Ms Noble claimed she was repeatedly subjected to noxious, dangerous gases and alleged carbon monoxide poisoning over three years.

In her case against Motor Import Ltd and BMW, Ms Noble claimed she was acting as a consumer when she bought the car from the Frank Keane premises on August 14, 2008. 

The cash price was €37,406, the initial payment was €7,693 and total payment was some €45,362 via 48 monthly instalments of €588 and a final payment of €9,320 on September 19, 2012, she claimed.

She also alleged she validly rescinded her hire purchase agreement with Permanent TSB for the car under which she had paid  €22,932, plus the initial payment of €7,693.

After hearing some evidence in the case last week, Mr Justice Michael White was told the action had been settled and could be struck out.

The judge was also told the costs order in favour of Ms Noble  was to be  made against the BMW car company.

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