Installation is the key in the example cited. I am not saying there would not be a lawyer out there WILLING to sue, I am saying they should have no responsibility with regards to what you do with the tire unless there was strong evidence you did it as part of their recommendation.ardvarkus said:
Sounds good, but is it true?
How does simple LEGAL LIABILITY "translate" to more regulations???
Let's split a hair: why would tirerack have no responsibility if they sell an unsafe size, yet a company that sells AND INSTALLS the tire has liability? My belief is that both have liability unless you clearly waive your right to expect a safe configuration.
Make sure you put all the details in writing with any mail order tire company: sizes, weight, etc.
Legal action was not extended to distributors or dealers of Firestone tires for selling unsafe tires.
Regulation could be enacted to MAKE dealers liable if tires are not mounted on the correct rims, even if they are only selling not installing tires, driving them out of business, essentially.
Home Depot is not responsible for people using ladders incorrectly. If use of the ladder does result in injury the manufacturer could be held liable , plus if the ladder does not have all the warning stickers on it, they have also violated a federal statute.
Product liability lies mostly with manufacturers not distributors, unless negligence on their part can be demonstrated in speciific instances.