When we purchase something from the store, we have a justifiable faith that the products will do exactly as advertised.
So when they don’t, the let down can be disappointing and even harmful. Joseph Law, LLC, in El Paso can
help you if you are seeking legal representation because of a defective product you’ve purchased.
What is a Defective Product?
Legally, a defective product is one that has a manufacturing or design flaw, was damaged before purchase such as
during the manufacturing process, or one that is mislabeled or doesn’t include appropriate warnings on the label. A
good example of a defective product is when a vehicle, or parts of a vehicle, are recalled. For example, in 2017,
one of the major vehicle companies made a huge recall on steering wheel airbags. They instructed owners of the
vehicles on the list to take their cars to the nearest dealership where they would replace it for free. Because this
company was willing to replace it for free, many people chose not to file a suit against them. However, since the
steering wheel airbag was known for deploying extra forcibly, causing more injuries than normal, people who were
injured by them could choose to sue for medical expenses and other damages.
What Counts as a Defective Product?
There are three primary ways a product can be considered defective and liable. These are:
- Defectively Designed- Essentially, when a product is defectively designed, every single one of that product
is defective, not just one or two. The product itself is dangerous because of a design defect and anyone who
purchases that product could be at risk. A good example of this is a car model that is prone to flipping over
when turning. Every car of that model will have this design issue, making all of them dangerous to drive.
- Manufacturing Defects- Sometimes, issues arise at that manufacturing level. This kind of defect may happen
in only one of the products or in many of them. A good example is the airbag mentioned above. Not every airbag
was defective and not every vehicle manufactured by that company had the defective airbag. But the ones that did
were considered dangerous and needed to be replaced right away.
- Inadequate Warnings or Instructions- When a manufacturer or company fails to provide adequate warnings or
instructions, consumers may inadvertently injure themselves because of this. The product may be dangerous to
users in a way that isn’t obvious. For example, medications that don’t warn people about possible side effects
could be counted as a defective product.
If you’ve been injured or ill because of a defective product and seek compensations for your damages, Joseph Law,
LLC, can help you. Call us today!