Re: Liability using other companies instructions

Subject: Re: Liability using other companies instructions
From: eric -dot- dunn -at- ca -dot- transport -dot- bombardier -dot- com
To: "Shenton, David (DTRN)" <david -dot- shenton -at- smithsdetection -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 31 Mar 2006 09:58:52 -0500

Shenton, David wrote on 03/31/2006 09:27:21 AM:

> If you include a suppliers instructions on a particular product that
> they manufacture in your instruction manual, are you legally bound
> in anyway if changes were made to the product and you were not
> informed, which could result in damages to a machine or personal injury?

A question for the lawyers. :p

You'll certainly be named in the lawsuit. Then, the nasty process of
attributing blame and proportioning responsibility would determine how
much each party is liable for.

Were you responsible for verifying the equipment? Or, were those making
the changes required to inform you or the OEM? Did the documentation warn
of the consequences of modifying the equipment?

The final answer would be dependant on a host of considerations and
finally on how the judge/jury was feeling.

Eric L. Dunn
Senior Technical Writer


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