Apple FaceTime Targeted In Distracted Driving Lawsuit

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Publish Date:
January 4, 2017
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  • Solon, Olivia
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A couple whose five-year-old daughter was killed after a distracted driver drove into their car is suing Apple for failing to introduce an iPhone safety feature it patented in 2014 to discourage people from using FaceTime while driving.

“Plaintiffs are saying to manufacturers: if your product unnecessarily diverts the driver’s attention away from the road in the moment before a collision, you may be on the hook,” said Nora Freeman Engstrom, a Stanford law professor.

“If the plaintiffs were to prevail, the case could have sweeping implications, not just for handheld devices, but for navigation systems, car radios — potentially even fast food purchased at drive-through windows.”

“A superseding cause breaks the causal chain, and here would relieve the iPhone manufacturer of liability,” Engstrom said.

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