The burden was upon the defendant in error to prove by competent evidence, direct or circumstantial, that the plaintiff in error was guilty of negligence in the manufacture or assemblage of the automobile in question. Buick could have done nothing at all. 529 (1934); Carter v. Yardley & Co., 319 Mass. Returning home in the afternoon, he traveled a portion of the distance over a highway known as Rand road. (, The defendant in error seeks to trace the accident which gave rise to this case to an unspread cotter pin in the brake mechanism of his automobile. 239; Powers v. Boston and Maine Railroad, 175 Mass. The defendant in error had driven the car about six hundred miles; he testified that, prior to the accident, the brakes had given him no trouble and that, by their application, he could stop the car, when running at a speed of twenty-five miles an hour, within six or eight feet. Facts: Plaintiff wrecked his car and claimed the defendant negligently manufactured it. 200; Nelson v. Stutz ChicagoFactory Branch, 341 id. The right front tire and left front wheel were destroyed; the rear axle was bent, the top and sides of the body were damaged and a clevis connecting a cable with the left front wheel-brake was missing. Get Baxter v. Ford Motor Co., 12 P.2d 409 (Wash. 1932), Supreme Court of Washington, case facts, key issues, and holdings and reasonings online today. Both motions were denied. The burden was upon the defendant in error to prove by competent evidence, direct or circumstantial, that the plaintiff in error was guilty of negligence in the manufacture or assemblage of the automobile in question. The sales company caused further inspections to be made. The brake inspectors examine every cotter key or pin to ascertain whether it is properly clinched to hold in place the clevis through which it extends. 529, 533 (1934). In the field they saw the cable detached, but neither testified that he saw an unspread cotter pin or that such a pin was missing. A witness, formerly employed in the repair and sales departments of automobile companies, testified, over objection, that he examined the automobile in the garage in Chicago. Evidence was introduced showing the inspections to which Buick automobiles are subjected during the course of their construction. 896 (N.Y. 1928) 3rd Party cannot sue water company for failure to provide adequate water to the city under K with city during fire. Certain cotter pins on the left equalizer apparently had not been spread and could readily be removed. Olds Motor Works v. Shaffer, 145 Ky. 616; 3 Blashfield's Cyc. Get 1 point on adding a valid citation to this judgment. Welcome to Leg/Reg! 413. 529; Huff v. Illinois Central R. Co., 362 Ill. 95, 101, 199 N.E. The brake inspectors examine every cotter key or pin to ascertain whether it is properly clinched to hold in place the clevis through which it extends. 193 N.E. Plaintiff sued the Defendant, Buick Motor Co. (Defendant), the original manufacturer of the car, on an action for negligence. On August 13, 1929, Nathan Rotche, forty years of age, employed as a train guard on an elevated railway in the city of Chicago, bought a five-passenger Buick automobile from the Cicero Sales Company. 1050, (1916) which had expanded the concept that imminently dangerous articles such as explosives, poisons and other things which in their normal operation are implements of destruction, to the concept that any article negligently manufactured, which is reasonably certain to … 529. Another employee of the same company found every cotter pin in place and clinched. The tire marks on the earth embankment made just before the automobile struck the concrete culvert showed that the brakes had been applied and apparently operated effectively. I"m so looking forward to meeting you. With the incompetent testimony excluded, the competent evidence is not sufficiently definite to justify the conclusion that the automobile remained in the same condition from the time of the accident until it was examined by persons who testified that some of the cotter pins were unspread two weeks or more after the accident occurred. Twenty-six days later, on September 8, 1929, accompanied by his son, he drove the automobile to Libertyville, a village about twenty-five miles northwest of Chicago. Two employees at this plant inspect the brakes of all automobiles received from the factory at Flint, Michigan. BRS2 stands for the Bressman book, which is our primary text, 2nd edition. Its nature gives warning of the consequences to be expected. He found the motor cracked, the right front tire exploded, the right rear wheel broken, and a cable and other machinery loose. The case of MacPherson v. Buick Motor Co. supra, is one of the leading authorities upon this subject. In this case the Appellate Court has affirmed a judgment for the plaintiff rendered in an action at law. No record is kept of the automobiles inspected except those found defective and therefore rejected. The manufacturer will be deemed to have had notice of a defect if the evidence shows that, upon proper inspection, the defect was so evident that it could not have escaped attention. It appears from the evidence that cotter pins are made of narrow strips of half-round soft metal, the flat sides of which are bent together to form a full round two piece metal body with a loop at one end. E. I. Upon appeal, the Appellate Court for the First District affirmed the judgment. Evidence. The plaintiff in error contends, however, that even if the cause of action alleged is maintainable, the defendant in error introduced no evidence to prove one of its essential elements, namely, that the automobile was negligently constructed, and, consequently, the motion to direct a verdict for the plaintiff in error should have been granted. Nothing in the mechanism underneath the left front fender was broken. 3 At rest, the automobile lay on its right side with the front of the car to the northwest. MacPherson v. Buick Motor Co. , 217 N.Y. 382, 111 N.E. Some cases hold that, since an automobile is not a dangerous instrumentality per se, a manufacturer owes no duty to third persons, irrespective of contractual relations, to use reasonable care in its manufacture and, consequently, is not liable to such persons for injuries caused by negligence in construction. his automobile, although he had driven the car six hundred miles, and when running at a speed of twenty-five miles an hour, he could, after applying the brakes, stop the car within a distance of six or eight feet. To establish liability on this ground, however, there must be some evidence that the defendant either should have known of or negligently caused the defect in question. He testified that his primary concern was not the automobile, but the condition of the defendant in error, and to ascertain the extent of the latter's injuries, the witness visited him at a hospital the same afternoon. Both motions were denied. 110.) Du Pont de Nemours & Co. v. Baridon, 73 Fed. The defendant in error seeks to trace the accident which gave rise to this case to an unspread cotter pin in the brake mechanism of his automobile. Defectively Designed Products ity had been applied in Illinois for the sale of … The car was driving at 30mph when it suddenly veered left, struck a curb, and started rolling down the road. The wrecked car bore evidence of its impact with the concrete culvert. (3 Blashfield's Cyc. Another employee of the sales company also inspected the car. These pins were made of soft metal and without exerting effort or skill could be removed or straightened in a few moments. The garage owner who towed the automobile to DesPlaines made no particular examination of it at the time. The defendant in error had driven the car about six hundred miles; he testified that, prior to the accident, the brakes had given him no trouble and that, by their application, he could stop the car, when running at a speed of twenty-five miles an hour, within six or eight feet. The garages in Des Plaines and Chicago to which the wrecked automobile was successively removed were public and accessible to any person who might wish to enter them. The cotter pins on the right side of the brake mechanism were properly clinched, while the free ends of some on the opposite side were not separated. Motions by the Buick Motor Company for a new trial and in arrest of judgment were denied and judgment was rendered against that company for $17,500. The ends of the clevis are perforated to receive a cotter pin and the free ends of this pin are spread or clinched to prevent the clevis from slipping out of place. About two weeks later the car was removed to another garage in Chicago. On the other hand, courts have declared in later cases that a manufacturer who places in trade and commerce a manufactured article, such as an automobile, which is not inherently dangerous to life or limb, but which may become so, because of its negligent construction, is liable to one who sustains injury by reason of such negligent construction. of Automobile Law, P. 2399. This court, in such a situation, is precluded from weighing the evidence to determine where the preponderance lies. The card which he filled out upon the completion of his inspection was introduced in evidence and showed that he had checked various items among which were the adjustments of the clutch, the pedals and the brakes. Upon appeal, the Appellate Court for the First District affirmed the judgment. Moch Co. v. Rensselaer Water Co. 159 N.E. Rotche v. Buick Motor Co. (1934), 358 Ill. 507, 516, 193 N.E. The car was not kept in either garage under the observation or protection of any person. 529, 358 Ill. 507. Nathan Rotche brought an action of trespass on the case in the superior court of Cook county against the Buick Motor Company and the Cicero Buick Sales Company, both corporations, to recover damages for personal injuries. There was no record that the automobile in question was rejected for any defect in the construction or adjustment of the brakes or for any other defect. To this an exception has long been recognized with reference to products which are inherently and normally dangerous, such as poisons, contaminated foods, weapons, explosives, and the like — products which are normally destructive in their nature. After the car had been taken to his garage, the left front wheel was removed. 54]: Rotche bought a car from a Buick dealership. If to the element of danger there is added knowledge that the thing will be used by persons other than the purchaser, and used without new tests, then, irrespective of contract, the manufacturer of this thing of danger is under a duty to make it carefully." Here's what you'll need to prepare for the first week of class. The sales company caused further inspections to be made. In applying this rule to the case at bar, we recognize that the questions of negligence and of contributory negligence are ordinarily and preeminently questions of fact for the jury. Whether this doctrine applies to motor vehicles is a question on which there is a conflict of decisions. of Automobile Law, sec. Motions by the Buick Motor Company for a new trial and in arrest of judgment were denied and judgment was rendered against that company for $17,500. The tire marks on the earth embankment made just before the automobile struck the concrete culvert showed that the brakes had been applied and apparently operated effectively. present controversy arises was sold and delivered to the Cicero Buick Sales Company on August 5, 1929. The surface of the pavement slopes from the center to the sides and the surface is somewhat uneven. Evidence was introduced showing the inspections to which Buick automobiles are subjected during the course of their construction. At the factory two men stationed at a conveyor inspected the parts and adjustments of the car. Where, however, a motion was made in the trial court to direct a verdict for the defendant, as was done in this case, the evidence may be examined to determine whether, when it is considered *Page 516 Filed: It is a general rule that manufacturers are not liable in damages to persons with whom they have no contractual relations for personal injuries sustained by such persons because of the negligent manufacture of the former's product. The automobile was first towed to a garage in the village of Des Plaines. Certain cotter pins on the left equalizer apparently had not been spread and could readily be removed. Such proof even failed to establish the condition of the car when the accident occurred. 2398.) in its aspect most favorable to the plaintiff, with all the inferences reasonably deducible, there is a total failure to prove an element necessary to maintain the cause of action alleged. 1050, Ann.Cas. Some cases hold that, since an automobile is not a dangerous instrumentalityper se, a manufacturer owes no duty to third persons, irrespective of contractual relations, to use reasonable care in its manufacture and, consequently, is not liable to such persons for injuries caused by negligence in construction. A mechanic employed by the sales company who inspected the car in question testified that the brake rods, cables, devises and cotter pins were in place and correctly adjusted and that the brakes were in perfect condition. Auto manufacturers will respond in the marketplace by modifying behaviour. This process requires consideration of the evidence itself and not merely of the statements concerning the facts proved set forth in the opinion of the Appellate Court. A concrete culvert runs through the roadway and when the automobile of the defendant in error struck it, a portion at the right end was broken off. In its opinion holding the defendant liable, the court said: "If the nature of a thing is such that it is reasonably certain to place life and limb in peril when negligently made, it is then a thing of danger. At the point where the accident occurred, the roadway is eighteen feet wide and built of asphalt. 9-10 Huddy's Ency. (Hunt v Definition. On behalf of the plaintiff in error, a deputy sheriff of Cook county testified that he went to the place of the accident shortly after it occurred. (2d) 26. He observed that the cable leading to the arm extending from the left front shoe-brake was hanging down and that certain cotter pins were missing. In this case the Appellate Court has affirmed a judgment for the plaintiff rendered in an action at law. The sales company also maintains a system of inspection. H.R. The car was not kept in either garage under the observation or protection of any person. Built with Video Lesson and Case hyper-links, and an interactive Table of Contents, you can quickly find the topic you need, and view any associated Video Lessons and cases to ensure you are able to receive a complete understanding of the Topic. 21627. Creating your profile on CaseMine allows you to build your network with fellow lawyers and prospective clients. Borg-Warner Corp. v. Heine, 128 Fed. (Sheward v. ).” The front-end of the vehicle was pretty destroyed. While the plaintiff was riding in the car, one of the wheels, made of defective wood, crumbled into fragments and the plaintiff was thrown out and injured. Facts. After a new automobile is sold, it is prepared for delivery to the purchaser and this process requires four and one-half or five hours. No other witness saw the automobile immediately after the *Page 517 The Plaintiff, MacPherson (Plaintiff), bought a car from a retail dealer, and was injured when a defective wheel collapsed. The defendant in error seeks to trace the accident which gave rise to this case to an unspread cotter pin in the brake mechanism of his automobile. v. Owens Co. 125 Minn. 33; MacPherson v. Buick Motor Co.217 N.Y. 382; Johnson v. Cadillac Motor Car Co. Nathan Rotche brought an action of trespass on the case in the superior court of Cook county against the Buick Motor Company and the Cicero Buick Sales Company, both corporations, to recover damages for personal injuries. Whether this doctrine applies to motor vehicles is a question on which there is a conflict of decisions. After the return of the verdict, the sales company paid the plaintiff $2500, and obtained from him, to the extent it was concerned, a dismissal of the suit and a covenant not to sue. 507)." He observed that the cable leading to the arm extending from the left front shoe-brake was hanging down and that certain cotter pins were missing. Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Inc. 290 Mich. 567), and it has been stated in cases which were really decided for the defendant on the ground of want of negligence. Ordinary care in the building of an automobile requires that the free ends of a cotter pin used to hold a clevis in place be clinched or separated. They examine the pins and cotter keys in the brake connections and inspect the steering mechanism. Nothing in the mechanism underneath the left front fender was broken. Rotche, the defendant in error, suffered injuries necessitating an operation upon his left leg and foot. A clevis is a metal device which serves as a connecting medium between the equalizer and the brake. We If to the element of danger there is added knowledge that the thing will be used by persons other than the purchaser, and used without new tests, then, irrespective of contract, the manufacturer of this thing of danger is under a duty to make it carefully." Amason v. Ford Motor Co. 80 Fed. Law Project, a federally-recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit. These pins were made of soft metal and without exerting effort or skill could be removed or straightened in a few moments. 1916F 696], established the principle, recognized by this court, that irrespective of privity of contract, the manufacturer is responsible [24 Cal.2d 462] for an injury caused by such an article to any person who comes in lawful contact with it. A clevis was missing. The judgments of the Appellate and superior courts are reversed and the cause is remanded to the superior court. White Motor Co.,' the plaintiffs sued to recover the costs they incurred in (1) repairing their tractor- trailer unit, (2) repairing the bus, and (3) settling the personal injury This process requires consideration of the evidence itself and not merely of the statements concerning the facts proved set forth in the opinion of the Appellate Court.Coal Creek Drainage District v. Sanitary District, 336 Ill. 11;Bloom v. Vehon Co. 341 id. The jury found the defendants guilty and assessed the plaintiff's damages at $20,000. (2d) 265. There was no record that the automobile in question was rejected for any defect in the construction or adjustment of the brakes or for any other defect. Subsequent cases have extended the protection of the rule to guests and to per- The contentions of the plaintiff in error are that, even if, at the time the defendant in error bought the automobile from the sales company, it was defective in the respect claimed by him, the defect charged was a patent one and would not subject the manufacturer of the automobile to liability to a third person for injuries suffered as the result. Such testimony was not responsive to the allegations of the declaration and could not subject the plaintiff in error to liability. The reason assigned is that an injury to any person other than the owner for whom the article was built and to whom it was delivered cannot ordinarily be foreseen or reasonably anticipated as the probable result of negligence in its construction. o Pl - Macpherson. Written and curated by real attorneys at Quimbee. Both motions were denied. 8 Thompson on Negligence, (White's Supplement,) 1914, sec. He then found that a clevis and two cotter pins were missing. Without a proper foundation being laid for the evidence, the condition in which the car was found several weeks after the accident had no tendency to show how the parts had been assembled at the factory. He then found that a clevis and two cotter pins were missing. The automobile was first towed to a garage in the village of Des Plaines. Without a proper foundation being laid for the evidence, the condition in which the car was found several weeks after the accident had no tendency to show how the parts had been assembled at the factory. At a point about a mile northwest of the village of Des Plaines, the automobile, while running at a speed of thirty miles an hour, left the roadway, struck and damaged a concrete culvert, crossed a ditch adjoining the roadway and came to a stop in a ploughed field at a point about twenty feet beyond the ditch. The Buick Motor Company ships its automobiles to be sold to dealers in and about Chicago to its plant in the southwest part of that city. When any part of an automobile is found missing or defective, the car is tagged and excluded from the conveyor. 200; Nelson v. Stutz Chicago Factory Branch, 341 id. With the incompetent testimony excluded, the competent evidence is not sufficiently definite to justify the conclusion that the automobile remained in the same condition from the time of the accident until it was examined by persons who testified that some of the cotter pins were unspread two weeks or more after the accident occurred. of Automobile Law, p. Any defect found is reported to the superintendent. Before confirming, please ensure that you have thoroughly read and verified the judgment. 1050 (1916) is a famous New York Court of Appeals opinion by Judge Benjamin N. Cardozo that removed the requirement of privity of contract for duty in negligence actions. These marks apparently resulted from the application of the brakes to the wheels of an automobile. Co., 1993 La.App.LEXIS 2640, 622 So.2d 803 (La.App. He testified that he found all the cotter pins in place and properly spread or clinched; that the brakes were in the same condition when the car was sold to the defendant in error as when it was received from the manufacturer; that the cotter pin which witnesses called by the defendant in error testified was missing, he actually saw in its proper place; that it held the clevis and that the ends of the cotter pin were spread or separated. The card which he filled out upon the completion of his inspection was introduced in evidence and showed that he had checked various items among which were the adjustments of the clutch, the pedals and the brakes. The court in the Flies case uses language very similar to the decision as laid down in the At the manufacturer's plant in Chicago, two employees inspected the brakes, the cotter keys in the brake connections and the steering mechanism of all cars. The jury found the defendants guilty and assessed the plaintiff's damages at $20,000. The defendant sold an automobile manufactured by it to a retail dealer who in turn re-sold it to the plaintiff. 261 Fed. manufacturer.4 Under MacPherson v. Buick Motor Co.s the manufacturer of auto-mobiles owes a duty6 of reasonable care in construction and inspection to the pur-chaser from the dealer, the requirement of privity of contract no longer being a de-fense. In this case the Appellate Court has affirmed a judgment for the plaintiff rendered in an action at law. At the factory two men stationed at a conveyor inspected the parts and adjustments of the car. known as Rand road. On behalf of the plaintiff in error, a deputy sheriff of Cook county testified that he went to the place of the accident shortly after it occurred. This court, in such a situation, is precluded from weighing the evidence to determine where the preponderance lies. He had an independent recollection of his inspection of the particular car because he permitted it to leave the possession of the sales company without a sufficient supply of gasoline. The mere fact that an accident resulting in an injury to a person or in damage to property has occurred does not authorize a presumption or inference that the defendant was negligent. ( Bowman v. Woodway Stores, 345 Ill. o There is evidence that the defect could have been discovered by reasonable inspection and that the inspection was omitted. The case of MacPherson v. Buick Motor Co. supra, is one of the leading authorities upon this subject. To this an exception has long been recognized with reference to products which are inherently and normally dangerous, such as poisons, contaminated foods, weapons, explosives, and the like — products which are normally destructive in their nature. Interact directly with CaseMine users looking for advocates in your area of specialization. 413. 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