What Are the Ways a Product Can Be Defective?

What Are the Ways a Product Can Be Defective?

Consumers are an important part of the economic status in any given area. Regardless of whether the individual is buying food or other goods, they have an expectation that whatever it is they are purchasing is safe for use or consumption.

While many of the products on shelves these days are completely safe, there are others that are in one way or another problematic. Product defects are not uncommon and there are multiple situations in which an issue can occur before the part or product even leaves the factory.

Recognizing the ways that a product can be dangerous and defective is important to filing a claim should that danger cause significant injury to a consumer. Here are some of the situations during which problems may arise.

Defect In the Design of the Product

When a product goes through the design process, manufacturers are expected to create a design that is safe for use or if hazards do exist, there are protections in place to keep the user safe. Unfortunately, this is not always the case and some products are designed with disregard for human safety.

For instance, a product with sharp edges is designed without proper railings to prevent contact with the user within normal use instructions. The manufacturer must ensure that the design of the product does not put anyone at serious risk of harm.

Defect In the Manufacturing of the Product

Have you ever had a product on hand and something goes wrong? Pieces malfunction on a cell phone, a part falls off of a children’s toy, or anything similar happens. This is most likely a problem with the way in which the product was manufactured.

A product that is not manufactured correctly poses a number of potential risks to consumers. This is especially true with children’s toys in which small parts can dislodge and become a choking hazard or when the defective part is intended to keep a user safe, like brakes on a car, and they fail.

Similarly, if a product is manufactured with a paint or other material that is known to be dangerous—such as the potential of lead poisoning—it can be considered a defect and the manufacturer can be held liable for putting consumers in danger.

Failure to Provide Warnings of Potential Dangers

If a product does have a dangerous aspect to it, the manufacturer must accompany it with a warning of said danger. This means that they are informing consumers that there may be dangers associated with the use outside of normal expected use. However, if used correctly, the product should be perfectly safe.

If no warning exists and the consumer is harmed, it could result in significant injuries sustained by the user. The manufacturer may be considered responsible for the injuries and held liable for financial compensation for any damages sustained as a result of the negligence.

What Injured Parties Can Do to Move Forward

When an individual sustains significant harm because of someone else’s—or a business entity’s—negligent actions, they have rights to seek legal action against the responsible party. This means seeking compensation and justice to help cover the expenses associated with the injury.

All too often, products are the cause of harm. Brake failures, defective airbags, dangerous toys, malfunctioning electronics; they’re all potential instances in which individuals trust their products only to be let down and put in a serious situation.

At Easley & Houseal, we have an understanding of product liability and how manufacturers are supposed to ensure safety. When they don’t, we work with those affected to seek compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and more.

Our Arkansas product liability attorneys are knowledgeable, experienced, and tenacious in our representation of clients. We go the extra mile because we know how difficult this time is for our clients. Trust that we can help you, too!

Call our firm today at (870) 330-0015 and speak with skilled legal counsel about your rights!


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