In general, the hirer owes only an obligation to take reasonable care of the chattel hired, and is not liable for loss or injury happening to it, unless caused by his own want of due care, or that of his employees1. His liability may be extended or diminished by the terms of a special contract, which will be construed with reference to the age and condition of the particular chattel at the time of the hiring2 and the circumstances of the injury3.
Apart from special contract, the hirer is not responsible for fair wear and tear4; nor is he under
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