Vendor Supplied Wrong Material- Where does the responsibility end?

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Hi, I have a quick question- I make brake rotors for off-road motorcycles and have used 410 stainless for 10+ years with excellent performance. The steel vendor we normally use was out of stock for several months, so we found another local vendor.What is the general opinion of where the responsibility lies? If we are totally at fault for not checking certs, then we’ve learned an expensive lesson.

Please help.

Thanks!

I didn’t find the right solution from the Internet.

References:http://www.engineersedge.com/engineering-forum/showthread.php/4882-Vendor-Supplied-Wrong-Material-Where-does-the-responsibility-end?s=8de2168305849c0a316b8b227b21d0e4

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