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MÁV may sue Bombardier over troublesome Talents

Hungarian state-owned railway company MÁV may file suit against Bombardier Transportation, the rail-equipment division of Canadian conglomerate Bombardier, if the companies fail to reach agreement regarding repair of technical defects in ten Talent passenger trains that MÁV acquired from Bombardier four years ago at a cost of €4.3 million each, the daily newspaper Népszabadság reported.

Népszabadság said that recurring technical problems, particularly with the braking system, could force MÁV Start, the passenger unit of state-owned railway company MÁV, to withdraw three of the ten Talents from circulation in April after temporarily withdrawing the Bombardier trains from circulation once already last year.

The newspaper wrote that MÁV may sue Bombardier Transportation if the Berlin-based company continues to reject MÁV's request to make the estimated €1 million in necessary repairs to the Talents pursuant to the guarantee agreement concluded between the companies.

Népszabadság noted that Bombardier has claimed that the guarantee became valid upon delivery of the Talents and thus expired in February, while MÁV claims that the guarantee went into effect only when the trains were placed into service and thus expires in November.

The Talent passenger trains circulate between Győr and Vienna. (MTI – Econews)