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Poli v. DaimlerChrysler Corp.
New Jersey Superior Court, Appellate Division
793 A.2d 104 (2002)
Larry Poli (plaintiff) bought a car manufactured by DaimlerChrysler Corporation (defendant). Poli chose a seven-year, 70,000-mile powertrain warranty. The warranty applied to all parts that provided power to the car, including the engine timing belt. During the warranty’s term, DaimlerChrysler was obligated to cover the cost of all parts and labor needed to repair any defective item it supplied. Poli had the engine timing belt replaced, repaired, and replaced three additional times. The timing belt failed again and caused destruction of an engine part. Poli sued DaimlerChrysler for breach of warranty. The court granted summary judgment to DaimlerChrysler because Poli’s claims were not brought within the four-year limitation period established by the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) for breach-of-warranty claims. Poli appealed, arguing that his claims were timely because the powertrain warranty was a performance guarantee that DaimlerChrysler breached by failing to properly repair the timing belt.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Skillman, J.)
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