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Henningsen v. Bloomfield Motors, Inc. (1960): Promoting Product Safety by Protecting Consumers of Defective Goods


Jay M. Feinman


Rutgers Law School

Caitlin Edwards


Rutgers Law School

November 5, 2013

Paul L. Tractenberg ed., Courting Justice: 10 New Jersey Cases That Shook the Nation (Rutgers University Press, 2013)

Abstract:     
Safety recalls, child-safe toys, and other consumer safety protections are taken for granted today, but there was a time not so long ago when everyday products were dangerous and consumers who were injured by cars, toys, or other products faced a difficult road to recover compensation from manufacturers. About fifty years ago all of this changed, drastically and in a short period of time. The catalyst for this dramatic change was an unlikely source — a woman from Keansburg, New Jersey, who was injured when her new Plymouth sedan suddenly veered into a brick wall. When she initially sued the dealer who had sold her the car and Chrysler, the manufacturer, the state of the law posed roadblocks to her recovery. The New Jersey Supreme Court recognized that change was needed and issued an opinion — Henningsen v. Bloomfield Motors, Inc. — that quickly would change the world of products liability and consumer protection.

This article, a chapter from Paul L. Tractenberg ed.," Courting Justice: 10 New Jersey Cases That Shook the Nation" (Rutgers University Press, 2013), tells the story of the facts that gave rise to Henningsen, the arguments in the courts, and the case’s role in the development of products.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 26

Keywords: Henningsen, products liability, tort law, New Jersey

JEL Classification: K13, K41, N42


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Date posted: January 6, 2014  

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Feinman, Jay M. and Edwards, Caitlin, Henningsen v. Bloomfield Motors, Inc. (1960): Promoting Product Safety by Protecting Consumers of Defective Goods (November 5, 2013). Paul L. Tractenberg ed., Courting Justice: 10 New Jersey Cases That Shook the Nation (Rutgers University Press, 2013). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2364772

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Jay M. Feinman (Contact Author)
Rutgers Law School ( email )
NJ
United States
856-225-6367 (Phone)
Caitlin Edwards
Rutgers Law School
NJ
United States
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