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 Expert  107930

Expert in Automotive Seating & Safety, Child Safety Seats, Seat Belts, Infant Restraint, Conversion Van Safety


Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

Michigan (MI)
USA
Education Work History Career AccomplishmentsPublicationsConsulting Services Expert Witness

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Expert has over 35 years of experience in automotive safety. He has worked with seat belts, passive restraint, interior impact analysis, autobody crashworthiness, and seating system design and testing. He was involved in the development of the original Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) and designed the first child safety seat for General Motors. He is familiar with automobile rear impact performance and energy management.

He has many years of practical experience in automotive body structure, occupant compartment integrity, protection of occupants, welded joint construction, energy management, and packaging of critical components. He has been involved with the engineering design of automobile body structures and is knowledgeable of related mechanical components and the tests used for evaluating automobile bodies.

Expert is knowledgeable in all areas of automotive seating involving seat structure, recliners, manual and power seat adjusters, head restraint, seat back locks, and related mechanical components. He has been active in seat safety and integrated structural seats with all-belts-to-seat. He has worked as a consultant and expert witness in product liability issues related to seating.

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conversion van safety

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child passenger safety

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child restraint system

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child transportation

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car seat

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infant restraint

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automotive interior

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baby safety

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child passenger safety training

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claim (patent)

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crashworthiness

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device patent

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occupant safety

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patent infringement

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product liability

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safety design review

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automobile safety system

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occupant restraint system

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active occupant-restraint system

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passive occupant-restraint system

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motor vehicle safety standard

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automotive safety

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automotive crashworthiness

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automobile body

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automotive impact protection

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automotive seat belt

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automotive seating

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seat belt

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automotive seat track

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automotive head rest


Show Secondary and Basic Areas of Expertise

Often requested
with this expert:

Accident Reconstruction,Brakes,Vehicle Safety;Automotive...
Vehicle Engineering, Design, Development and Testing;...
Automotive Electronics
Mechanical Engineering Specializing in Accident...

Education:
Year   Degree   Subject   Institution  
1985   Ed.D.   Educational Leadership   Western Michigan University  
1981   M.A.   Management and Supervision   Central Michigan University  
1970   B.S.   Mechanical Engineering   Wayne State University  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

2002 to 2003

 

TEAM Resources Inc. & DaimlerChrysler Corporation

 

Safety Restraints Department

 

Engineering Consultant

 

He worked on occupant safety restraint design and cost reduction of seat belts, air bags, and side curtains.

1989 to

 

(Undisclosed)

 

Seat System & Mechanism Design

 

Engineering Consultant

 

Expert is responsible for seat adjuster design, seat system design, head restraints, and advance product engineering.

1994 to 1987

 

General Motors Legal Staff

 


 

Consultant

 

He provided seat safety litigation support, depositions, expert witness, and discovery documentation.

1988 to 1989

 

GM-Delphi/Modern Engineering-CDI

 


 

Program Manager

 

He worked on seat and safety systems.

1984 to 1988

 

General Motors Corp. (GMC)

 

Inland Fisher Guide Division

 

Engineering Group Manager

 

He worked on seat and safety systems.

1971 to 1984

 

GMC

 

Fisher Body Division

 

Engineering Group Manager

 

He worked on automotive crashworthiness, occupant safety, and interior safety.

1964 to 1971

 

GMC

 

Fisher Body Division

 

Senior Project Engineer

 

He worked on occupant safety and child seat development.

1962 to 1964

 

Chrysler Corporation

 

Space Division

 

Supervisor and Design Engineer

 

Expert was involved in the Saturn space program, specifically the booster rocket structure.


Career Accomplishments:
Associations/Societies

Expert is a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), the American Society of Body Engineers, the Engineering Society of Detroit, the Pi Sigma Tau National Honorary Mechanical Engineers Fraternity, and the Sigma Iota Epsilon Professional Management Fraternity.

Licenses/Certifications

He is a Registered P.E. (Professional Engineer) in the State of Michigan. He is a member of the American Academy of Forensic Engineers.


Publications:
Publications and Patents Summary

Author of several automotive safety books: "Don't be a Dummy"; "Precious Cargo"; & 'The Blue King' (children's storybook).

Selected Publications and Publishers  
 - iUniverse  
 - ASK Publishing  
 - iUniverse ISBN# 978-1-4620-1453-8  
 - iUniverse - ISBN # 978-1-4759-3132-7  

Consulting Services:
Recent Client Requests:
  • Safety expert seat belt program for consulting on Seat belt training.
  • Expert in automotive safety for consulting on Automotive Head restraints product development.
  • Expert in automotive airbag initiation systems for consulting on the potential transition to a bus.
  • Automotive expert in passive safety systems and engineering plastics.
  • Expert in automobile engineering for consulting on automotive seating.
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding your expert consulting needs.  Expert is available for consulting to corporate, legal and government clients.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Expert Witness:
Expert Witness Experience Summary:
He has served as a consultant to the General Motors legal staff in defense of product litigation cases and discovery assistance.
Recent Litigation Client Requests:
  • Expert in Van conversion, crashworthiness, seatbelts.
  • Expert in "car seat litigation" for consulting on litigation of defective carseat where child thrown from car seat.
  • Automotive seat expert for consulting on driver seat failure.
  • Seatbelt expert for consulting on seat belt failure and liability of the manufacture.
  • Expert in automobile roof integrity for consulting on rear end collision.
  • Child seat restraints expert for consulting on product liability issues.
  • Expert for consulting on car seat safety regarding protection from side impacts.
  • Expert for consulting on GM Seat Heater Burn case.
  • Automotive restraints expert for consulting on Ford litigation.
  • Expert in City Bus Safety Features (including set belts).
  • Expert for consulting on Need expert witness for case against Kia Motors Corp.
  • Air bag expert for consulting on Air Bag sensors.
  • Car seat litigation expert engineer neededfor consulting on Toyota car seat case.
  • Expert in automobile seat for consulting on safety of seats and safety belts in UPS trucks.
  • Automobile seat expert/engineer for consulting on driver seat malfunction causing accident.
  • Expert for consulting on seatbelt and air bag failure of 200 Ford Mustang.
  • Seat belt expert for consulting on seat belt failure.
  • Expert in automotive paint for consulting on the manufacturer and the company to you use said paints.
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding expert testimony, litigation consulting and support, forensic services, or any related expert witness services.  A few litigation needs include product liability, personal injury, economic loss, intellectual property (patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright), and insurance matters.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

International Experience:
Years   Country / Region   Summary
2001 to 2002   Germany   Expert was an engineering consultant for Johnson Controls, Inc. at their Technical Center in Burschied, Germany.

Additional Skills and Services:
Supplier and Vendor Location and Selection

Expert has experience locating vendors of metal tubing and tube components (alternative components), aluminum die casting (some vendors in Europe), and automotive engineers (some in Germany, Poland, Romania, and Asia).

Other Skills and Services

He is the owner of an engineering design firm (Team Resources, Inc.) serving many Tier One automotive suppliers in the Detroit area. He specializes in mechanical component design and seating systems. Conversion vehicle safety design & performance. Patent infringement of mechanical devices design and manufacture.


 

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