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What Makes a Product Faulty or Defective?

February 19th, 2015 Defective Products

Consumers typically purchase products to solve problems, fulfill a specific need or simplify their lives. However, if a product is faulty, its use may do more harm than good. Products can be faulty or defective for a number of reasons, and defective products can cause damage, injury or illness to the user. In such cases, the user may be able to qualify for compensation from the manufacturer with the help of an Arkansas faulty product attorney.

Some of the most common causes of faulty products include defective design, manufacturing defects and failure to provide adequate warnings or instructions in the product’s packaging.

Defective Design

Some products possess design flaws that make them dangerous for consumers even when they are manufactured properly and used in accordance with the manufacturer’s guidelines. These flaws are not due to an isolated mistake or error and will typically affect the entire line of products. Design defects should be detected during the testing process. However, in some cases, these products are released onto the market.

Examples of design defects include cellphones with batteries that may explode, space heaters that might catch fire, and tires with inherently poor traction.

Manufacturing Defects

Manufacturing defects occur when a properly designed product is subjected to an error in the manufacturing process that causes it to become defective. Examples of manufacturing defects include missing parts, broken parts or contaminants that make a product ineffective or dangerous.

Many companies have quality control processes designed to identify manufacturing defects before the product is distributed. However, some products with manufacturing defects may be missed during this part of the process, which can lead to the product being released and sold to a consumer.

Failure to Provide Instructions or Warnings

All products must include adequate instructions for proper use and maintenance, as well as warnings for any side effects, illnesses or injuries that the product could cause. If these warnings are not included in the product’s literature, the manufacturer of the product may be liable for injuries or damage the product causes. Examples of products that are defective for this reason include medications with undisclosed side effects, or even electric blankets that can electrocute the user.

If you have purchased a faulty or defective product that caused illness, injury or property damage, you may be entitled to compensation from the product’s manufacturer. In order to qualify for compensation, the illness, injury or damage must have been a direct result of the product’s defect or lack of warning.

Common examples of faulty or defective products that may warrant consumer compensation include:

  • Defective medical devices, like hip implants or power morcellators
  • Products contaminated with lead or other toxic materials
  • Dangerous drugs such as Xarelto or Yaz
  • Cars with faulty or defective parts
  • Electric blankets that start fires
  • And any other product that is inherently dangerous because of a defect or lack of information

To learn more about filing a claim against the manufacturer of a faulty product, or to discuss the specifics of your case, contact a qualified Arkansas defective product attorney at Nolan Caddell Reynolds to schedule a consultation or give us a call at 866-242-0452.

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