When we hear about defective products on the news, we often hear about toys posing choking hazards or a car airbag being activated at an inopportune time.
This past January, a $1 million-dollar home was completely lost to fire. The fire was reportedly due to a dangerous product sold by Amazon -- the hoverboard.
According to a recent statement released by the federal Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), adverse incidents with products cause not just property damage but injuries and deaths to American consumers. They also carry a hefty price tag of over $1 trillion a year.
Some products are inherently dangerous. No matter the design, that risk still exists. However, manufacturers have a responsibility to try to create safe designs that eliminate these risks and make the odds of injury as close to zero as possible.
In the past, when a consumer was injured by a defective product they were left to deal with this on their own.
There is an important distinction between a manufacturing defect and a design defect.
When you purchase a vehicle, you assume that it will be in good working condition. While you may run into some issues every now and again, you hope that none of these are related to your safety.
Parents need to be cautious when buying brand new items for their children, but must be extra cautious when buying used items. There aren't many stores that sell used child or baby items. Most of them can be found using online marketplaces and other methods of sale. Here are the most common items parents must be mindful of when buying used.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV, manufacturer of the Ram line of pickup trucks, has just issued a safety recall after a software error was blamed for at least two accidents, including one fatality. The recall will begin in late June, at which point owners can bring in their vehicles for reprogramming.
A Malaysian family has sued both Honda and Takata in a United States court over the death of the family's wife. The woman's death is one of 16 blamed on airbag defects. The husband of the deceased woman filed the lawsuit and wants the companies to disclose more information about the defects.