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My question involves a consumer law issue in the State of: Arizona / Nationwide

We are are an aftermarket parts company based in Arizona, we sell "Hot Rod" parts to consumers all over the US. We currently have a customer who purchased a "Turbo Kit" (This is a kit designed to take a car that came OEM without a turbo system and apply an aftermarket system) and though we recommend professional installation this customer choose to install the kit them selves and with in a few days the customer reported that his motor was damaged and that he wants us to cover the cost of the repairs with the threat of a lawsuit.

How liable are we as the company who sold the kit?

thank you in advance
Where I see potential liability is with respect to implied warranties (ex: implied warranty of merchantability) and express warranty. That is why others who have responded say 'it depends'. You could have made yourself liable and not know it. When it comes to the law...words mean everything...along with their definition (don't rely on Merriam Webster).

My opinion: a case like that should be fairly easy to argue. I suspect the turbo was installed on a car with significant mileage. Who's to say there wasn't a pre-existing mechanical issue? Secondly..unless the car came from the factory with either a turbo or supercharger, it likely does not have the pistons compatible (forged) with forced induction. A cast piston is not going to last long in a forced induction engine. Thirdly...when adding forced induction it becomes necessary to use higher (>87) octane gasoline or pre-detonation can occur. Pre-detonation all by itself can cause engine failure. If that's the case, then the turbo didn't cause the engine to fail...the owner's ignorance did. Anyway..I think you get the point. There are more than a handful of reasonable explanations that don't involve you being liable. That does not however mean you won't have to go through the expense of hiring a law professional.