85007Re: [toyota-prius] Re: Crushing more EV's
- Jun 7, 2005Lee Hart wrote:
>> All the auto companies would have to do to sell one of these EVsMichael Bender wrote:
>> is turn in the title for "salvage". Then it is just like every
>> other car in a junkyard -- no warranty, no liability, no
>> responsibilities for parts or service, etc.
> I asked a friend of mine who is a lawyer (graduated Columbia LawYou can find a lawyer who will tell you that EVERYTHING is illegal,
> School in the late 80's) about this and he said that no piece of
> paper or contract limiting or removing liability will protect the
> manufacturer (Toyota or GM in the RAV-4/EV and EV-1 cases that
> we've been talking about).
dangerous, or somebody else's fault so you can sue them. And, you can
find a hand-picked jury that will agree, especially if you have a crying
widow as the plaintiff and a huge corporation as the defendant.
I'm not a lawyer; but I *have* bought junked cars, fixed them, and put
them back on the road. It's a common practice; MANY cars involved in
collisions or just plain worn out get scrapped and their titles are
invalidated; but they later "rise from the dead" when someone fixes,
retitles, and drives them. In every case I've ever heard of, such cars
lose all warranty coverage, and the original manufacturer is absolved of
any obligation to service or maintain them.
We've had examples of this with the Prius, in fact. There are folks on
this list that have bought wrecked a wrecked Prius, fixed it, and then
found that they can't get any warranty coverage from Toyota and have to
pay for any parts or repairs themself.
> in the case of something bad happening such as the vehicle explodingIt's possible. If there's a known safety defect in the vehicle, subject
> or stopping in the middle of the highway, the manufacturer will be
> found negligent since it is presumed that they have more information
> about the design of the vehicle and it's potential safety and
> reliability issues than the purchaser, even though the individual
> signed his rights away.
to a recall from the NHTSA, the manufacturer might be reasonably
required to fix it even if the vehicle is not otherwise covered by a
normal warranty. But they are NOT required to fix cars in junkyards or
that aren't being driven.
Ring the bells that you can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That's how the light gets in
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