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This Torts II exam, given on May 27, 1993, begins with the following question:

1. The Ace Wheel Co., a manufacturer of automobile wheels, has extensively advertised the fact that the King Motor Co. uses its wheels. The Ace Co. sold some wheels to King Co. which it installed in its cars. A particular wheel, installed
in one of the King cars, was defective, the defect being due to the careless work
of the employees of the Ace Co. who assembled the wheel. The defect could have been discovered by the King Motor Co. had it used reasonable care in inspecting the wheel before it was placed on the car. The car was sold by the King Co. to the Queen Distributing Co., whose business it was to buy and sell new cars, including the King cars, to supply the local demand. The car was purchased by the Dimono Cigarette Co. and, according to the annual custom was presented to Jack, the home run king of the local baseball club. Jack says to Vulnerable, a friend who is present, "If you'll go with me, we'll try it out." Vulnerable assents. They drive out, Vulnerable soon falls asleep. While driving carefully, Jack's car collides with a car which is being carelessly driven by Honors, the impact causing the defective wheel to collapse, which it would not have done had it not been defective. The collision injures the occupants of the King car and also a bystander, Rubber. What are the rights and liabilities of all the parties? Why? Trace the history and development of the doctrine suggested by the possible liability of the King Co. to Jack.

Exam Date


T. C. Williams School of Law, University of Richmond: Torts II Exam, 27 May 1933