SCOTUS to Consider Seatbelt Lawsuits Against Auto Makers

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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 that set forth vehicle safety standards may be used as the basis for products liability lawsuits stemming from claims that lap-only seat belts contributed to the plaintiffs injuries.

The case being appealed involved a collision with a 1993 Mazda minivan in which the plaintiff, who was riding in the minivan wearing only a lap belt, was killed.

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