Product Malfunctions and Defects
Consumers should be able to purchase products with the reasonable assumption that these products will not harm them or endanger their safety in any way. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Dangerously defective products cause serious harm to thousands of people every year in the United States.
The Three Types of Product Defects
A product can become defective or dangerous at any stage in the development process, either in the original design, in the manufacturing process, or due to the improper use of the product. The three types of product defects are:
- Design defects. Sometimes products are designed with major flaws or defects; if these flaws are not caught by quality control personnel, a dangerous product may be placed on the market.
- Manufacturing defects. Manufactures may use low-quality or dangerous materials, or may not uphold proper workmanship standards.
- “Failure to Warn.” These types of dangers are inherent in the design of the product, such as sharp edges, hot surfaces, or small parts on which a child could choke. If the consumer is not appropriately warned of these dangers, he or she may suffer injuries.
In order to take legal action in your product defect case, your situation must fall under one of the above categories.
If you have been hurt by a poorly designed or otherwise unsafe product, you may have the grounds to pursue legal action against the manufacturer, distributor, or other party responsible for the defective nature of the item. To learn more about your legal rights and options, contact the Iowa personal injury lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., at 877-327-2600.