Product liability is a major part of personal injury litigation throughout the United States. Every year there are thousands of products put out onto the market that are sub par in many ways. These products may contain manufacturing flaws that results in serious harm to the consumer or they may have design flaws. Products with design flaws are more serious issues to manufacturers as it shows that they were capable of doing harm to the consumer from the start. Design flaws also mean that the recall that will likely ensue will have to include all of the products that are currently on the market, rather than just those products that were manufactured in the plant where the manufacturing flaw occurred. Design flaw recalls are thus endlessly more expensive and as such, many companies will go to great lengths in order to conceal what is actually going on.
The current case that is making a big wave in the news is that of a certain car company who possibly lied about a flaw. The United States government is now in the process of pursuing this company in a massive lawsuit. If this particular manufacturer had just owned up to the fact that they had let a serious flaw slip through the cracks they would not be in the situation they are in now. They were trying to save a great deal of money, something that all companies would want to do. But there is only so far that a company can go when it comes to covering up certain things and now the company is likely going to lose much, much more than just the cost of recalling their vehicles. They will now have a seriously tarnished reputation in addition to a possible major lawsuit damage payout.
The Various Types of Product Liability in the United States
There are more types of product liability cases in the United States than just design and manufacturing flaws. These different types of product liability include:
• Design flaws
• Manufacturing flaws
• Breach of warranty-this is when a manufacturer refuses to honor a warranty that it expressly listed as having when the product was purchased
A product that simply does not work as advertised can also constitute a product liability case.
To find out more about product liability, visit the website of the Sheboygan personal injury lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier, S.C.