Articles Posted in Defective Products

Defective Products | April 19, 2016

A firearm isn’t all that complicated, but it’s very important for every part to work properly. Remember, each time you pull the trigger, the bullet is propelled away from the gun by an explosion that takes place just a few inches from your hands and face. That’s definitely something that you want to happen properly to avoid injury.

One malfunction that is very serious is known as a squib round. When the gun is fired, a squib does not exit the barrel, but gets stuck. Much of the time, this means the round is totally invisible, and shooters will not understand what malfunction they had. They may shoot again, with the next round up, and fire that bullet right into the one that is stuck.

Defective Products | April 15, 2016

If you have a garage door that was installed in the last two decades, and if it has an automatic, motorized opening system, it probably has a light sensor and a pressure sensor. When something breaks the light beam, if the door is coming down, it stops and reverses direction. The same is true if it encounters unexpected pressure before it is all the way down.

These safety features are now mandatory and required by law. This has not always been the case, though, as the laws saying they must be used were instituted in 1992. This happened after a landmark court case in which the safety and design of these doors was called into question. The safety features had been options before, meaning people had to pay extra to get them, but the new laws said they had to be used on all doors.

Defective Products | January 14, 2016

A drop-side crib seems like a great idea when you first buy it. Now you can just fold the side over or slide it down if needed and get to your child with relative ease. This is especially nice if your back and shoulders are already sore from carrying the child around and caring for it.

While the benefits are clear, it’s also important to note that these cribs can be inherently dangerous, and they could injure your child.

Defective Products | August 19, 2015

Products liability law is a field of legal theory that attempts to protect consumers from products they purchase. It is generally accepted that manufacturers have a duty to prevent products that they introduce into the marketplace from containing defects in their design or manufacture that pose unreasonably dangerous risks to the public.

Without getting too complicated, there are generally three ways in which a manufacturer could incur liability for defective and unreasonably dangerous products. The first way is probably the most well-known. This is usually a particular manufacturing flaw in a product that has left a factory or other manufacturing facility. A good example of this type of defect might be automobile brakes that contain fasteners that disintegrate soon after installation.

Defective Products | June 10, 2015

Products liability law encompasses the responsibilities that manufacturers of commercially available products have to their consumers. It is generally accepted that a manufacturer should exercise reasonable care to prevent products from being dangerous or defective in ways that could potentially harm consumers.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission is the federal agency tasked with keeping track of dangerous or defective products and then enforcing recalls of those items. In 2009, the CPSC undertook a comprehensive survey of consumer products that had been involved in unintentional and non-work related electrocutions. The survey used a variety of statistics including data going all the way back to 2002. Although these numbers are associated with consumer products, it’s important to remember that not all of them necessarily caused the accidents reported. The following are some of the more important highlights of that report:

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