Mazda Preemption Case Could Expand Car Co. Liability

Law360, New York (June 10, 2010, 1:20 PM EDT) -- When the U.S. Supreme Court decides a case against Mazda Motor of America Inc. over a death allegedly caused by the lack of a shoulder strap in a minivan, it could put automakers on the hook for a wide range of state law claims that courts have long deemed preempted by federal regulation, experts say.

Although the high court could choose to address only the narrow shoulder strap issue, attorneys say that it's likely to use the case to clarify the scope of its 2000 decision...
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