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Walmart, Amazon sued over advertising of seat belt extenders

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By Marian Johns | Jan 8, 2020

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Legal Newsline) – Walmart, Amazon and others are facing a class action lawsuit alleging they sold seatbelt extenders under misleading and false representations. 

Keith Anderson, Matthew Cooper and Sabrina Warner, on behalf of themselves and all others similarly situated, filed a complaint Dec. 21 in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee against Amazon.com Inc., Walmart Inc., Walmart.com USA LLC and Ebay Inc., alleging violation of Arkansas, California and Washington consumer fraud laws, common law fraud, negligence and misrepresentation. 

According to the complaint, the plaintiffs purchased the seatbelt extenders from the defendants and allege the product was sold based on "false and misleading representations" about the product's uses and benefits. The plaintiffs allege they purchased the extenders because they were advertised as appropriate for use with car seats for added comfort for children. The suit states that the extenders are meant only for use by severely obese adults.

They also claim the defendants failed to warn of safety issues and risk of injury in using the extenders and falsely advertised its uses by representing and implying the extenders had been safety tested when they have never been crash tested by any American auto manufacturer.

The plaintiffs seek damages, a trial by jury and all other just relief. They are represented by Dan Stanley and Richard Collins of Stanley, Kurtz & Collins PLLC in Knoxville, Tennessee. 

U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee case number 3:19-cv-01151

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