1345.90 Defective assistive device definitions.

As used in sections 1345.90 to 1345.95 of the Revised Code:

(A) "Assistive device" means a product designed and intended to be used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of an individual with a disability in seeing, hearing, speaking, walking, breathing, performing manual tasks, learning, working, or self-care. "Assistive device" includes a wheelchair, motorized scooter, assistive listening device, voice synthesized computer module, optical scanner, talking software, braille printer, environmental control, adaptive transportation aid, communication board, or any device that has a function similar to that of any of the foregoing devices. "Assistive device" does not include an invasive or noninvasive medical device that attempts to treat a medical condition or a hearing aid as defined in section 4747.01 of the Revised Code.

(B) "Consumer" means a person, other than a manufacturer or supplier, who purchases, leases, or otherwise acquires a new assistive device or a person who acquires an assistive device while the warranty required by section 1345.91 of the Revised Code is in effect.

(C) "Consumer transaction" means a sale, lease, or other transfer of an assistive device to a consumer for consideration of five hundred dollars or more.

(D) "Defect" means a condition that substantially impairs the use, value, or safety of an assistive device. "Defect" does not include a condition resulting from abuse, misuse for the ordinary purpose or particular purpose, or unauthorized modification or alteration of an assistive device by a consumer.

(E) "Manufacturer" means a person who manufactures, assembles, imports, or distributes assistive devices, including an agent of a manufacturer. "Manufacturer" does not include a supplier.

(F) "Supplier" means a seller, lessor, assignor, franchiser, or other person, other than a manufacturer, engaged in the business of effecting consumer transactions, whether or not the person deals directly with the consumer.

Effective Date: 10-31-1996 .