Posted in Defective Product on June 6, 2016
When consumers buy and use a product, they assume that the product that have been to them sold is safe. However, there are stories in the news all the time about products that are endangering lives, harming consumers, or exposing people to dangerous hazards or toxins. Weren’t these products tested? Weren’t they subjected to a battery of tests and analysis before being approved for sale to the general public? What is the business’ responsibility for safety testing?
These thoughts and uncertainty are alarming for consumers since they are helpless victims. It is difficult to obtain important information about products, such as:
There are legal protections for consumers who are injured by defective or dangerous products. These legal protections are governed by product liability law.
In addition to product liability law, products are subjected to government approval, certification and testing, depending on the type of product. For instance:
When consumers are hurt by dangerous or defective products, their resulting personal injury claims are governed by product liability law. Manufacturers, wholesalers, suppliers and retailers can be held accountable for the personal injuries caused by products when they negligently sell defective or dangerous products to unsuspecting consumers.
A product could be considered defective in a number of ways, including having a design flaw that makes the product dangerous or causes injuries, the product could be manufactured incorrectly, or the product could be mislabeled, which leads to improper and unsafe use of the product.
When a defective or dangerous product makes its way to store shelves for purchase, it is usually the result of negligence on the part of the manufacturers. Negligence in product testing can include:
Generally speaking, most businesses that put new products on the market tend to do adequate safety testing of their products before offering the products for sale. They generally go through the appropriate legal or regulatory channels to have their products approved for sale to the consuming public. But that does not mean that a few bad products, or a bad design, don’t make it through. A product from even the most trusted business could end up being defective or unsafe.