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Carpenter v. Chrysler Corp.

Missouri Court of Appeals
853 S.W.2d 346 (1993)


Facts

Brian Carpenter (plaintiff) purchased a new Chrysler LeBaron for his daughter at Scott Auto Sales and Finance Company, doing business as Chrysler-Plymouth West (CPW) (defendant). Carpenter had previously bought a car at CPW. Carpenter told the CPW salesman that he was looking for a reliable car for his 16-year-old daughter. The salesman picked out the LeBaron that Carpenter purchased and told Carpenter that it was a reliable car. CPW did not tell Carpenter that before his purchase, CPW had repaired a leak in the LeBaron’s power steering or that the car was subject to a recall notice for a wiring-harness defect that had not yet been repaired. Carpenter sued Chrysler Corporation (defendant) and CPW. The jury awarded Carpenter damages for breach of warranty and fraudulent misrepresentation against CPW and damages for fraudulent misrepresentation against Chrysler. The trial court ordered a new trial in favor of Chrysler and CPW, and the Carpenters appealed that order.

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