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Thread: Is anyone familiar with warranty laws regarding wheelchairs?

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    Is anyone familiar with warranty laws regarding wheelchairs?

    I wasn't sure where to post this, sorry if this is the wrong forum.

    I wasn't aware of the weight capacity limits for wheelchairs when I purchased mine. It was my first time dealing with a wheelchair, and I was still in the hospital so I had no idea what I was looking for. I'm now over limit and things are breaking that the manufacturer refuses to replace. I was 50 lbs under weight when I bought the chair (extended time on a feeding tube is a great weight loss plan). I would have bought a more durable chair if I'd have known that the weight limits were so close to my natural weight. But I was never made aware of any limits.

    Does anyone know if there are any laws regarding this type of thing? I'm in Texas so I don't think the lemon laws apply. Are manufacturers required to make warranty conditions known to consumers?
    Last edited by BoyFallDown; 07-05-2012 at 02:13 PM.

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    Whoever was advising you with the purchase should have asked about your normal weight, as a part of decision on which chair to buy. Sorry but I'm pretty sure you are stuck with the warranty.

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    Applicable warranty laws are at the state level. However, if anyone was at fault, it would have been the DME or whoever helped select the chair. I doubt that they would be held accountable because they could not predict your weight gain. For most of us, our first chair is a learning experience. We learn from our mistakes.
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    I figured this was going to be a learning experience. I just wish it wasn't a $3,000 lesson.

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