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Fasten Your Seatbelt: U.S. Supreme Court Rules Federal Seatbelt Regulation Does Not Preempt State Law Tort Suit

Yesterday the U.S. Supreme Court held in Williamson v. Mazda Motor of America, Inc., 562 U.S. __ (2011), that federal regulations do not preempt a claim for design defect based on the failure to provide lap-and-shoulder belts...more

Motor Vehicle Safety Act May Be Closer to Implementation

Chicago Motor Vehicle Accident Attorney Illinois Personal Injury Attorney The Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 2010 was introduced in May 2010 following a series of Toyota recalls caused by an unintended acceleration...more

Air Bags May Have Failed In Hundreds Of Fatal Accidents

Here’s a disturbing report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, as reported by WSMV-TV in Nashville. According to the television station, an internal memo at NHTSA estimates that air bags failed in 576...more

SCOTUS to Consider Seatbelt Lawsuits Against Auto Makers

In late May, the Supreme Court of the United States agreed to consider the issue of whether certain products liability lawsuits against car manufacturers can proceed. At issue in the case is whether federal regulations...more

Watered Down Vehicle Safety Bills Reflect Influence of Automakers

New auto safety bills have been introduced in the House and Senate. These bills are basically good for consumers, but they are considerably weaker than previous versions. This is due to negotiations with the auto...more

House Committee Approves Auto Safety Bill

This week, pushed on by the recent Toyota recalls and runaway acceleration issues, the House Energy and Commerce Committee approved a new auto safety bill that would impose stricter standards on car makers. The bill now goes...more

NHTSA Seeking Record Fine for Sticky Toyota Gas Pedals

Here’s a roundup of stories relating to the news that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is trying to fine Toyota a maximum $16.4 million for failing to report accelerator problems in a timely manner. This is...more

Transportation Chief Keeps Pressure on Toyota

The federal government is really pushing Toyota to correct the sticking throttle problems that have plagued the car company for weeks, if not much longer. Here are the opening paragraphs of an article in the New York...more

Government Proposes Tougher Side Air Bag Requirements

The Associated Press recently reported that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has proposed more stringent requirements for vehicle side air bags. New cars and trucks would be required to have larger and...more

Motorcycle Involvement in Crashes

An estimated 142,000 motorcyclists have died in traffic crashes since the enactment of the Highway Safety and National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 1966. Motorcycles made up nearly 3 percent of all registered...more

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