As a consumer, you expect that the products you purchase will work properly and be safe to use. You really don’t think much about something going wrong and the product injuring you or someone in your family. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Many manufacturers have released defective products to the market, which leaves consumers (just like you) susceptible to a wide array of dangers. It is the manufacturer’s responsibility to ensure consumers remain safe while using the product, or provide warnings regarding the potential hazards that are present. If they don’t, and you suffer an injury, you may be able to recover monetary compensation.
When it comes to defective products, there are there main types of defects that can occur. When you understand what they are, you will also better understand what options you may have if you suffer an injury.
Every manufacturer of a product has the duty to make sure that the product is free from any potentially dangerous or harmful manufacturing defects. Unfortunately, there are some manufacturers who don’t provide adequate quality control or the necessary safety tests on all the products they sell. If these tests aren’t provided, then a product that may seem otherwise safe is sold with all these unknown defects that occurred during the manufacturing process.
If a consumer then purchases the item and it comes apart or suffers another issue – such as a fire – the user may experience serious injuries. The fact is, manufacturing defects can turn an otherwise safe item into a danger simply because of an oversight.
Even before any products are assembled, a manufacturer is going to be liable for possible dangers. A simple error in a products design can result in the product being extremely dangerous, even if it is used as intended. Some of the most common examples of design defects include:
Removable pieces that pose a choking hazard
Products that are made with unreasonably dangerous chemicals
Items that features sharp edges
If a manufacturer’s product has any of these issues, then they may be held accountable for the injuries that they cause.
Failure to Warn
In some situations, a manufacturer may not have had an issue with the manufacturing or design of a certain product. However, the innate nature of some of these products creates a situation where harm and risk is present. As a result, manufacturers need to warn of these potential dangers. Examples of this would include a plastic bag that could create a suffocation hazard for children. The manufacturer has to warn about this and if they don’t and an injury occurs, they may be held liable.
Defective products can result in extremely serious injuries depending on the seriousness of the defect. If something like this happens, it is best to hire a personal injury attorney for help.