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Geier v. American Honda Motor Co., Inc.

United States Supreme Court
529 U.S. 861 (2000)


Facts

Alexis Geier (plaintiff) was involved in an  accident while driving a 1987 Honda Accord and was seriously injured. Geier sued America Honda Motor Co., Inc. and its affiliates (Honda) (defendants), alleging that defendants had negligently designed the 1987 Honda Accord by failing to include a driver’s side airbag. The court of appeals found that Geier’s negligence lawsuit was preempted by the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act (Act), which provided for the promulgation of motor vehicle safety standards. Honda was in compliance with the standard for passive restraints in motor vehicles: Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard, FMVSS 208. Geier appealed.

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