Defective products cause injury and death to thousands of unsuspecting consumers every year. This area of law is referred to as product liability. Product liability is a complicated area of law, and claims may be filed against manufacturers, distributors, and/or retailers, depending on case specifics.
“Defect” and “Defective” in Product Liability Litigation:
The terms “defect” and “defective” have fairly broad meanings in product liability law. Any product that is unreasonably dangerous when used as intended could be considered defective. Of course many products may be inherently dangerous, such as a sharp knife, but not considered unreasonably dangerous. If the design of the knife was faulty or it was poorly manufactured, then the knife would be considered defective. If this product defect then resulted in injury to someone using the product as it was intended, the manufacturer could be held liable. A product may also be considered defective if the packaging does not adequately warn consumers about certain dangers.
Some Examples of Defective Products:
Defective Medical Devices
- Hip implants
- Surgical implants
- Heart stents
Automotive Defects (Crashworthiness)
- Defective seat belts
- Defective airbags
- Power tools
- Electric appliances
If you or a loved one has been injured from a defective product, contact a product liability attorney to learn more about your legal rights.