A defective switch in a new automobile started a fire that destroyed the entire machine. Under the standard warranty given by all automobile manufacturers, the dealer's only obligation was to supply a new switch. By so deciding, Norway v. Root illustrated the worthlessness of the standard warranty. But the importance of the case lies in the Washington court's intimation that it might invalidate disclaimers of implied warranty in automobile sales were the issue squarely presented.
Daniel B. Ritter,
Washington Case Law,
Wash. L. & Rev.
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