Defective and unreasonably dangerous products cause thousands of injuries and deaths every year in the United States. Some products that have been involved in serious or fatal personal injuries are:
- Toys (i.e. choking hazard, lead paint, etc.)
- Child seats or cribs that do not meet safety standards
- Drugs and pharmaceuticals with extremely dangerous, undisclosed side effects
- Medical equipment that malfunctions
- Airbag or seat belt failure
- Defective equipment (e.g. ladders, power tools, or farm equipment)
- Contaminated food
HOW CAN A PRODUCT BE DEFECTIVE?
A product may be defectively designed, manufactured, or marketed.
A design defect is what the name implies; a flaw in the intentional design of a product that makes it unreasonably dangerous. A defectively designed product is doomed to be unreasonably dangerous from its inception. Every single product manufactured according to the design will be defective.
A classic example of a design defect is the Ford Pinto. The gas tank of the Pinto was positioned dangerously close to the rear bumper such that a rear-end impact could cause the gas tank to explode. Given the frequency of rear-end accidents, this design was deemed unreasonably dangerous.
A manufacturing defect occurs when a product is built or assembled in a manner that does not conform to design specifications. An example is a commercial food product that is not processed properly such that it contains foreign bodies like glass or contamination with bacteria like E. coli.
Marketing defects refer to products that have deceptive labeling, inadequate instructions, or that have hidden dangers that the manufacturer fails to warn the consumer about.
Any product that causes harm can be the subject of a product liability claim. If you have been seriously injured by a product in Arizona and think you may have a claim, call Bode & Collins, P.L.C. at (480) 355-5020 today to schedule a free initial consultation with our experienced product liability attorneys.
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At Bode & Collins, P.L.C. we treat clients the way we would want to be treated and tailor our services to clients’ individual legal and personal needs.
When you hire Bode & Collins, P.L.C. to fight for your rights you get Chris Bode and Natalie Collins working on your case, not a junior lawyer who is just learning the ropes. Combined our attorneys have more than forty years of trial experience and have recovered millions of dollars for clients during that time.
Bode & Collins, P.L.C. works for clients all over Arizona including clients living in Scottsdale, North Scottsdale, Phoenix, Glendale, Tempe, Mesa, Avondale, Cave Creek, Prescott, Flagstaff, Bullhead City, Kingman, or Tucson. Although our law firm is based in Scottsdale we litigate cases in all counties including Maricopa County, Pima County, Pinal County, and Yavapai County.
If you have been injured or lost a loved one because of a defective product, contact Bode & Collins, P.L.C. today. If we take your case we will front all costs and work on a contingency fee, meaning that we don’t get paid unless you do.