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Consumers file another suit against Coway over defective water purifiersBy 안성미
Published : Aug. 19, 2016 - 11:17
A group of 1,126 Coway users will file a damage suit on Aug. 19, demanding of 2.5 million won (US$2,240) each -- including 1.5 million won for a medical checkup and 1 million won in compensation for emotional distress. The amount totals 28 billion won.
Consumers claim Coway had been aware of the defect from a year ago but tried to cover it up for concern over its impact on share prices.
Earlier in July, another group of 298 consumers filed a lawsuit against Coway.
Nickel is a common substance used to coat household products. The US Environment Protection Agency limits daily intake of nickel to less than 0.5 milligrams. The amount discovered in Coway’s products, according to the company, was about one-tenth of the limit. However, consumers claim the intake of even a small amount of nickel for an extended period is harmful to humans.
By Ahn Sung-mi (email@example.com)
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