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Henningsen v. Bloomfield Motors, Inc.

Supreme Court of New Jersey
161 A.2d 69 (N.J. 1960)


Facts

Henningsen’s wife (plaintiff) bought a new car from Bloomfield Motors (Bloomfield) (defendant) and ten days after the purchase, the car’s steering wheel spun in her hands and the car crashed. The sales contract contained a disclaimer on the back in small writing which stated that Bloomfield’s liability for breach of any warranty would be limited to replacement of defective parts. The car was totaled and it was impossible to determine whether the steering mechanism was defective. The Henningsens brought suit. The trial court found in their favor and Bloomfield appealed.

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