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liability issues for selling used bikes, frames, parts?(5 posts)

liability issues for selling used bikes, frames, parts?gtx
Apr 2, 2003 4:40 PM
Curious if someone selling a bike, frame, part, etc., on this site or eBay could be sued if the buyer was involved in a an accident that was caused by the part being defective, breaking, etc. For example, I buy a used stem, put it on my bike, it breaks, I crash and hurt myself--can I sue the seller? Or, I mount the stem incorrectly and crash--can I sue the seller?
re: liability issues for selling used bikes, frames, parts?MD80
Apr 2, 2003 6:44 PM
This is not aviation.
good luck-buyer beware!nmthe bull
Apr 2, 2003 7:06 PM
re: liability issues for selling used bikes, frames, parts?Rusty Coggs
Apr 2, 2003 8:21 PM
Your own stupidity is not typically grounds for a suit,but it sometimes works if the one being sued has deep enough pockets(hot coffee in lap).In the other case you would likely have to prove the seller knew the product was faluty.Again a probability with the right lawyer and the potential for a big enough payoff,or out of court settlement. If you worry about this stuff,and some really do,Just don't do it.
Of course you can sue! This is AMERICA!filtersweep
Apr 3, 2003 6:06 AM
You can sue, or be sued, but that doesn't mean there are any grounds for the suit.

There are all sorts of products that it is illegal to sell used through a retailer, such as windows, catalytic convertors, etc... it really is quite ridiculous with convertors since they have no moving parts... worst they can do is rust.