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Robert D. Sullivan Jr. (NY Metro)

Robert D. Sullivan Jr. (NY Metro) Robert Sullivan's primary practice areas include product liability, environmental law and insurance coverage.

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Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems: When the Bubble Bursts

Posted in Automotive products, Product Liability
Since 2008, tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMSs) have been mandatory in passenger cars, which include SUVs. As early as 2006, however, 30 percent of new passenger cars were already equipped with TPMSs. A TPMS alerts the driver if a tire is underinflated. A “telltale” or “lantern” activates on the vehicle’s dashboard display indicating that one… Continue Reading

Can the Feds Slow Down Truckers with Mandatory Speed-Limiting Devices?

Posted in Automotive products, Product Liability
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is pushing for new regulations requiring tractor-trailer trucks to be equipped with speed-limiting devices. This regulation, if passed, will impact not only the trucking industry but also the manufacturers of tractor-trailer trucks and tires. The intended purpose of this new regulation is to reduce the risk of tire… Continue Reading

Update: Anti-Tire Aging Legislation in Massachusetts

Posted in Automotive products, Consumer Goods
Our February 18, 2014 blog, Massachusetts, Where Only Young Rubber Hits the Road, covered An Act to Increase Road Safety, proposed by the Massachusetts House of Representatives, which was assigned bill tracking number H3016. The Act would require issuance of a rejection certificate for any vehicle equipped with a light-truck or passenger tire, including a… Continue Reading

Massachusetts, Where Only Young Rubber Hits the Road

Posted in Automotive products, Consumer Goods
Massachusetts is considering An Act to Increase Road Safety (H3016), which will require issuance of a rejection certificate for any vehicle equipped with a light-truck or passenger tire, including a full-service spare, more than six years old. The bill would amend Massachusetts’s annual-vehicle-inspection law, failing vehicles equipped with a tire six years or older. The… Continue Reading