If you or your loved one was injured due to a defective product, whether it was a design defect, manufacturing defect, or inadequate warning relating to the safety of a product, you may be able to recover. Manufacturers must make sure that products they design are made safely, that quality control systems prevent defective products from entering the market, and that adequate directions and warning labels are available to protect consumers. Some examples of defective products include the following:
- Food or medicine contamination;
- Poisonous or toxic materials in children’s toys;
- Failure to label a product properly or mislabeling a product;
- Unreasonably weak materials;
- Conveyor belts without safeguards; and
- Defective air bags, seats, or seat belts.
There are three specific types of product liability lawsuits. The first is a product liability suit based on a design defect, which occurs when there is an error in the design of a line of products, making each and every product inherently unsafe for the consumer market. The second potential product liability suit is based on manufacturing defect, which occurs when a specific product is more dangerous than products in the same line. The third type of a product liability lawsuit relates to inadequate warnings. Manufacturers have a duty to warn customers of any potential hazards when using their products in an intended or foreseeable way.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 30 million Americans are injured by consumer products each year. So, if you or your loved one was hurt by a defective product, we encourage you to retain an attorney to help you recover damages for your injuries.