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Trull v. Volkswagen of America, Inc.
Citation:761 A.2d 477 (N.H. 2000)
In February 1991, the Trull family was traveling in New Hampshire when their Volkswagen Vagagon slid on black ice and collided with another vehicle. David and Elizabeth Trull were in the front seat, their two sons, Benjamin and Nathaniel, were seated on the rear middle bench. The rear middle bench was equipped with lap belts, which the two boys were wearing. The front seat was equipped with lap and shoulder safety belts. As a result of the collision, Elizabeth and Nathaniel suffered severe brain injuries. Benjamin Trull was killed in the crash.
The Trull family has now filed suit against Volkswagen America, alleging their injuries were more severe than they would have been if the car were 1) better designed to withstand a frontal collision, and 2) equipped with shoulder safety belts as well as lap belts on the rear middle bench.
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