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Henningsen v. Bloomfield Motors, Inc.
Citation:32 N.J. 358, 161 A.2d 69
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Mr. Henningsen purchased a 1955 Plymouth automobile from Bloomfield Motors (co-defendant) for his wife, Mrs. Henningsen (plaintiff), as a Christmas gift. Mr. Henningsen did not read the 8 ½ inches of fine print on the back of the contract for the purchase of the automobile. Included in the fine print was a clause that stated the manufacturer and the dealer gave no express or implied warranties other than to the replacement of defective parts within 90 days or before the automobile had been driven 4,000 miles. One day while Mrs. Henningsen was driving the automobile, “something went wrong” with the steering gear. The automobile suddenly turned sharply and crashed into a wall. Mrs. Henningsen was badly injured as a result of the accident. She sued both the manufacturer of the car, Chrysler Corporation (co-defendant), and the retail dealer, Bloomfield Motors. She alleged negligence and breach of implied warranty of merchantability. The court dismissed Mrs. Henningsen’s negligence claims. The sole issue presented to the jury was of implied warranty of merchantability. The court found in favor of Mrs. Henningsen. Chrysler Corporation and Bloomfield Motors appealed to the Supreme Court of New Jersey.
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