Plaintiffs served a complaint in October, 1972 for damages they incurred in a motor vehicle accident, allegedly caused by a defective automobile they had purchased from defendant R. Brown & Sons, Inc. (Brown) and which was manufactured by defendant Ford Motor Company (Ford). The causes of action set forth in the complaint sounded in breach of warranty against both defendants. Brown subsequently cross-claimed against Ford. By notice of motion dated August 30, 1982, Ford moved for summary judgment on the ground that plaintiffs' breach of warranty suit against it was untenable due to the lack of privity between plaintiffs and Ford.
At calendar call on September 16, 1982, only plaintiffs opposed the motion and Special Term rendered an oral decision from the Bench, granting Ford's motion for summary judgment.
It is, of course, beyond dispute that a written order must conform strictly to the court's decision, and that when there is a conflict between the two, the decision controls and the order will be resettled accordingly (Rowlee v Dietrich, 88 A.D.2d 751, 752; Siegel, NY Prac, § 250, p 308). On this appeal, however, Ford presents two arguments to support its contention that the resettled order should not have been granted. First, it contends that Special Term's oral decision and the original order did not conflict. Ford maintains that at oral argument, its counsel requested that all claims against Ford be dropped and that Special Term agreed, without opposition from Brown's counsel. However, Special Term has expressly held that dismissal of the cross claim was not intended by it, and its understanding of what was decided is supported by the absence in Ford's motion papers of any direct request for dismissal of the cross claim or the recital of any grounds for such dismissal. Undoubtedly, the discrepancy between the court's decision and the original order represented a good-faith misunderstanding over what relief was sought and granted. Special Term nevertheless had the power, after motion on notice, to correct the mistake and to vacate the portion of the order not intended by its decision, even though the correction was as to a matter of substance (Siegel, NY Prac, § 420, p 557; see, also, Schoenberg v Schoenberg, 269 App Div 864, affd 296 N.Y. 583). There having been no showing of prejudice to any intervening right of Ford to which it was properly entitled, the power of the court thus to correct the error was not affected by Brown's two-month delay in seeking that relief (Matter of Gould, 255 App Div 433, 435; see, also, Schoenberg v Schoenberg, supra).
Order affirmed, with costs.