Three Ways a Product Can Be Defective
As consumers, we expect the products we purchase to work as intended and to be safe. At no point do we believe that something can go wrong and the product will cause an injury. Unfortunately, this is a real concern as manufacturers have released defective products into the market, leaving consumers susceptible to various dangers. It is the responsibility of the manufacturer to make sure consumers are safe when using their product or to warn of potential dangers. When they don’t do this, legal action may be available to the injured party.
Our Kansas City defective product attorneys at Peterson & Associates, P.C.™ are determined to hold manufacturers accountable if they make products that cause harm to users. We know the types of defects that can occur and the types of damages that can be sustained. If you or someone you love was seriously injured by a defective product, it is important to understand what options you may have.
The manufacturer has a duty to ensure that their products are free of potentially harmful manufacturing defects. Unfortunately, some manufacturers do not perform adequate quality control or safety tests on all products sold. Without these tests, an otherwise safe product may be sold with unknown defects caused by an error in the manufacturing process. If a consumer buys a product and it comes apart, or causes another issue such as a fire, serious injury can be sustained. Manufacturing defects can turn an otherwise safe product into a danger through the lack of oversight in the manufacturing process.
Even before the products are assembled, the manufacturer can be liable for potential dangers. An error in the design of a product can cause that product to be unreasonably dangerous, even when it is used as intended. Examples of design defects may include:
- Designing items with sharp edges
- Unstable structures
- Products with unreasonably dangerous chemicals
- Removable pieces which can cause choking hazards
Manufacturers can be held accountable for knowingly designing a product which contains flaws or failing to investigate less dangerous design alternatives.
Failure to Warn
In some cases, the manufacturer may not have had an issue with design or manufacturing of a product. However, the very nature of some products creates a risk of harm and manufacturers should warn of known dangers. Examples include a plastic bag providing a suffocation warning for children or electrical devices warning of a shock risk. Items that are marketed as safe, but fail to warn of potential dangers, are subject to defective product claims as well. Manufacturers can be liable when they do not provide sufficient warnings to protect consumers against an anticipated harm when the product is used as intended.
A defective product can cause serious injuries depending on the nature of the defect. It is important for a victim of a defective product to speak with a legal professional who can guide them through the complex claims-filing process.
At Peterson & Associates, we are determined to protect the rights of injury victims who have been harmed as a result of a defective product. Our Kansas City defective product lawyers know how to fight for your rights and we will do whatever it takes to help you. If you or someone you love has been injured by a defective product, we encourage you to call our firm today and discuss your potential claim with our team.