Dangerous products & defective products are bought everyday by unsuspecting consumers throughout the world. The product makers are liable for the injuries and deaths their products cause, whether they knew of the defects before selling them or not. If a dangerous product has damaged you or someone you know, you may have a legal right to compensation.
A products liability lawsuit may be brought by or on behalf of an individual injured or killed by a defective product against the manufacturer and possibly the wholesalers, distributors and sellers of the defective product. Products liability lawsuits generally may involve several legal theories including negligence, strict liability, and breach of warranty.
There are usually two types of defective products, those with defective designs and those that are manufactured improperly. Design defects occur when the engineering or design process used by a company to design a product is faulty, resulting in a product that is unnecessarily dangerous. With a design defect, all of the items that come off a company's assembly line have the same defect. A manufacturing defect occurs when a product is not manufactured as designed. While there may not be anything wrong with the product's overall design, the manner in which it is assembled or manufactured is flawed or out of specs.
Products That Are Commonly Found To Be Defective
Frequent defective products that are the subject of many lawsuits are cases involving SUVs that roll, roof crush or roof collapse, dangerous diet drugs, herbal medicines, seat backs, airbag injuries, air bag non-deployment cases or failure to deploy cases, seatbelt releases, defective shoulder belts, defective seatbelt buckles, power windows, door latch opening, lift gate or rear door failure opening, rear lift gate release, defective tires, tread separation, lap belt only design defect, gas tanks explosions, car fires, sliding door opening, hair dryer fires & electrocution, tire explosions, silica dust, asbestos, benzene, helicopter engine defective, airplane engine fire defects, tractor rollover, ATV rollovers, helmet cases, crane accidents, engine fires, valve release, blowout valve deaths, firearm defects, fuel fed fires, elevator door, children’s beds, toys, headrest, head restraints, airbag injuries, conversion vans roof collapse automatic doors, forklift tow motor, ladder collapses, and many, many other dangerous products.
The Internet, a New Source of Dangerous Products
The FDA is warning consumers not to purchase certain unapproved products that pose significant, possibly life-threatening health risks. The products in question, which are offered for sale on the Internet, are home abortion kits and female self-sterilization kits.
The kit provides a combination of drugs that are not approved by FDA to terminate pregnancy. The agency conducted a health hazard assessment of this product and concluded that using the kit without a physician's supervision could cause heavy vaginal bleeding and even death. Birth defects also can result if a pregnancy is carried to term after taking these drugs.
The Food and Drug Administration urges consumers not to purchase or use these or similar products promoted via Internet or any other media. The Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act prohibit the sale and promotion of unapproved medical products. The agency is continuing to investigate and monitor these products.
Always check on the reliability of a product before deciding to purchase, and if you have been injured because of a defective product contact an attorney to learn what your rights are.
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