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Understanding the different types of defective products

With the constant advances in technology, it is tough not to use and rely on a wide variety of consumer goods. While some of these products provide pure enjoyment, others serve vital roles, such as an automobile, household item or work tool. And, because of their resourcefulness, some consumers rely on these products on a daily basis. When a product malfunctions, however, this can cause huge upsets. While this could just mean the product no longer works, it could also mean it is defective and harmed the consumer using it.

Defective products enter the stream of commerce in a variety of ways. There could be a defect in the design of the product. This means that the manufacturer failed to design a product that is safe when used in the intended manner. A defective product could also be the result of manufacturing defects. This means that the manufacturing process of the product or its components resulted in the product becoming unsafe.

Finally, a defective product could reach a consumer because of warning defects. This occurs when consumers are not properly warned, in writing, that a product might be dangerous when used in a certain manner. Additionally, hazards associated with the product should be warned to the consumer as well.

When a defective product harms a consumer, there are legal recourses available. Whether they seek to hold a manufacturer liable because of negligence or strict liability, a manufacturer could be held accountable for the injuries, losses and damages caused by a defective product. A products liability claim could help an injured consumer recover compensation for their losses, also helping them hold the negligent party accountable for their wrongdoing.

Source: FindLaw, "Defective Products and Consumer Rights," accessed August 27, 2017

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