Dangerous and defective products cause thousands of injuries every year. These involve consumer goods, such as home electronics, children’s products and vehicles. Product liability laws begin with the premise that a company has a duty to protect its customers from potential hazards. Since a manufacturer has more insight and knowledge about the products they produce, the financial responsibility for any injuries or damage caused by those products is theirs.
What is Product Liability?
There are three types of defects that can give rise to manufacturer or supplier liability: design defects, manufacturing defects, and marketing defects.
Design defects are present in a product from the beginning, even before it is manufactured. Injuries in this case are generally due to specifying inappropriate materials or inadequate testing. Manufacturing defects happen when substandard manufacturing processes or materials are used, or when there is insufficient quality control. Marketing defects are flaws in the way a product is presented, packaged and/or sold, such as improper labeling or incomplete instructions.
Types of product liability cases include:
- Drug liability
- Defective medical devices
- Vehicle recalls and defects
- Dangerous baby and kids’ products
- Toxic chemicals and materials
- Dangerous foods
Product liability laws vary from product to product, and from state to state. They differ from ordinary personal injury laws, with their own unique set of rules and procedures. Depending on the type of defect, any number of different parties may be held liable for the injuries caused by a defective product.