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Torts Keyed to Duncan
Henningsen v. Bloomfield Motors, Inc.
Citation:161 A.2d 69 (N.J. 1960)
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Mr. and Mrs. Henningsen (plaintiffs) bought a car from Bloomfield Motors, Inc. (defendant), manufactured by Chrysler Corporation (defendant). The car was bought only by Mr. Henningsen, as a present for Mrs. Henningsen. The back of the sales contract stated in small writing a disclaimer to all express or implied warranties and that Bloomfield’s liability would be limited to replacement of defective parts, and Mr. Henningsen testified to not having read this disclaimer. Ten days after the purchase, the car’s steering wheel spun in Mrs. Henningsen hands and the car crashed. The Henningsens brought suit on theories of negligence and express and implied warranty for her injuries and the totaled car.
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