Product liability means that a manufacturer or seller is being held liable for placing a defective product into the hands of a consumer. Responsibility for damages caused by a defective product that causes injury lies with all the sellers of the product who are in the distribution chain. Liable parties may include: the product manufacturer, the manufacturer of component parts, the wholesaler and the retail store that sold the product to the consumer.
There are different types of defects that can cause injury and give rise to manufacturer or supplier liability: design, manufacturing and marketing defects for example;
- Design defects exist in a product from the beginning, even before it is manufactured.
- Manufacturing defects occur in the course of a product’s manufacture or assembly.
- Marketing defects are flaws in the way a product is marketed, for example improper labeling, insufficient instructions or inadequate safety warnings.
Common product liability cases include:
- Vehicle rollovers
- Airbag injuries
- Boat accidents
- Infant and child automobile safety seats
- Commercial airline crashes
- Unsafe baby furniture and toys
- Electrical injuries
- Industrial equipment defects
- Industrial plant injuries
- Faulty Chinese products
At De La Heria, our attorneys are well versed in these cases. Call for a free case evaluation (305) 858-2808.