Does that shop/owner have any measure of responsibility for this disaster about the bad battery installation? 17 Answers as of July 11, 2014Do I have any recourse with an auto repair and maintenance shop, if they put the wrong felt rings on the posts of the battery I purchased from them (red ring on the negative post, green ring on the positive post)? This later resulted in an incorrect jump cable hookup when I needed to jump start the car, resulting in the complete burnout of my car's electrical system.
Peterson Law Offices PC | Todd Peterson
The shop is liable for their work and the resultant damage. Be sure to save the battery and/or have the new shop document what errors there were. The shop is negligent and is liable for foreseeable damage from their work which would include the electrical damage.
Answer Applies to: Oregon
EDWARD M. MILLER, PC | EDWARD M. MILLER
Generally auto batteries have the plus and minus signs engraved in the terminals, in addition to the felt rings. If you can get around that (contributory fault defense) you probably have a case. It may be worth while if the cost of repair was very substantial.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
The Medler Law Firm LLC | John Medler
Yes, if that's what happened, you have a case against them for negligence. Unfortunately, the dollar value of the case is so low that most personal injury lawyers would not take it. Small claims court is your best bet. Good luck.
Answer Applies to: Missouri
Lombardi Law Firm | Steve Lombardi
The legal answer would be yes, assuming you can prove what you say is true. You will have to prove the rings were on the wrong posts and that it would not be obvious to the person using the jumper cables. To prove this you will need good photographs, the battery itself and an expert. Good luck.
Answer Applies to: Iowa
Durham Jones & Pinegar | Erven Nelson
It seems that the repair shop was negligent and should be responsible for all of your damages. Send them a letter demanding that they pay for all of your damages, and ask them the identity of their liability insurance company. If they don't cooperate, file a lawsuit.
Answer Applies to: Nevada
Andrew T. Velonis, P.C. | Andrew Velonis
My answer is "yes". They created the condition which resulted in the loss. They will probably claim that the damages are "remote and consequential", but I say it is entirely foreseeable that mislabeling could cause this damage, they are the only ones who would have installed that feature and you relied on them to get the job done right. But be aware: even if they are legally liable that is by no means an assurance they will own up to their responsibility. You may have a fight on your hands.
Answer Applies to: New York