Product Safety & Manufacturer Responsibility

As Americans, we buy and use millions of products every day – at home, work, and on the go. From elevators and escalators to home appliances and tools, we trust these products to make our lives better. It may not occur to us that faulty and defective products could injure us, or even kill us.

Defective Products

The bottom line is that manufacturers are required to make safe products. You may have a product liability case against the manufacturer if:

  1. A product malfunctions, because it wasn't made properly. (Examples: exposed wire, metal hook snaps, helmet cracks upon impact, etc.)
  2. There is a design defect with the product. (Examples: A lack of a safety device on an exposed blade, a guard is missing from a toddler bed, etc.)
  3. The manufacturer fails to instruct and warn users about how to use the product, and about the product's potential dangers. (Examples: Lack of warnings about how not to use a product and failure to warn about risks.)

When a product is considered ‘defective,' and the manufacturer is made aware, they must do several things to correct the problem. They must eliminate the known defect and create a new product design. They also must provide safety devices and be proactive in searching for new problems. Finally, they must give adequate instructions about how to use the product and put warning stickers on the product advising consumers about potential dangers.

Suppliers and distributors also have a responsibility for keeping products free of damage while in their possession and during delivery. If they fail to do so, they can be held liable for your injuries as well.

Think You Were Injured by a Defective Product?

If you, or someone you love, were injured and you think a defective product was to blame, contact Edgar Snyder & Associates right away. You may have a case, and we can help.

Call 412-538-6754, or fill out the form at the top right of this webpage for a free legal consultation. Tell us about your accident and injuries, and we'll tell you if we think you have a defective product case.

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Remember, evidence disappears quickly, and there are time limits to file a claim. Our phones answer 24/7, and there's no obligation. Contact us now.

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