Product manufacturers have specific legal obligations to the people who purchase and use their products. First and foremost, products must perform as advertised, and they must contain no unreasonable safety risks to purchasers. Some products are understandably dangerous by nature, such as kitchen cutlery, power tools, and lawn care equipment. However, it is understood that users face minimal risk when they use these products as intended. A product can be defective in several possible ways:
-Defective design indicates an inherent flaw in the overall design, meaning that every product created using that design shares the same flaw. When a manufacturer becomes aware of a defective design, they have a legal obligation to notify consumers immediately and issue a full recall of all products that share this faulty design.
-Defective production indicates a problem with the product’s manufacturing process. For example, a manufacturer produces kitchen knives, but the poor-quality materials used for the handle cause the handles to shatter with regular use, causing deep and painful cuts. Some production defects will affect entire production lines, while others may only affect certain production lots.
-Defective marketing indicates misleading advertising material, inadequate instructions for use, or missing safety indicators on a product that requires them. In addition, if a product fails to perform as advertised or presents an unreasonable risk to user safety with the intended use of the product, this could qualify as defective marketing.
If you believe your injury resulted from a product that was defective in any of these ways, it is vital to contact a Houston product defect lawyer as soon as possible to discuss your legal options for recovery. It’s possible to file a product liability claim for all types of consumer products. For example, suppose you experienced a severe laceration from a defective kitchen appliance or severe burns from a defective appliance or outdoor equipment. In that case, you have the right to pursue legal action against the manufacturer.