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How courts assess unavoidably unsafe products

While watching the evening news, a Pittsburgh resident may see one of the many commercials that pharmaceutical companies air to advertise their prescription drugs. During one of these ads the commercial may list some of the drug's potential side effects, and some of those potential complications may be life-threatening. A viewer may wonder why a company would market a drug to treat a medical condition when that drug could result in death.

Fire extinguishers subject to defects recalled

When a Pittsburgh resident purchases a new item at the store they expect that it will work the way it is intended to perform once they have gotten it out of its packaging and completed any set up processes that are necessary for its functioning. It is usually apparent quite quickly if a product is good or if it suffers from a problem. Unfortunately, some consumer products may possess defects that are not discoverable until their use is required in serious circumstances.

Drop-Side Cribs: a Case Study on a Products Liability Issue

Newborns are a blessing to their parents, but that does not mean that they are not a lot of work. Exhausted parents all across Pennsylvania have undoubtedly spent many sleepless nights attempting to soothe their cranky babes to sleep or researching causes for their little ones' distress. Because babies can be such handfuls, it is not uncommon for parents to jump at the chance to purchase products that claim to ease the difficulties of caring for newborns. Although many of these products can be godsends for stressed mothers and fathers others can come into their homes with dangers no parent could anticipate.

Injuries from product defects can be compensable

When used as they were intended, most of the products that Pittsburgh residents bring home from their favorite stores are safe and pose no dangers to their users. Purchasers of new products may have to read the instructions that accompany their new acquisitions in order to fully understand how the items operate, but generally new consumer goods function safely and as expected for those who choose to buy them.

What are manufacturing defects, and how may they cause injuries?

When Pittsburgh residents go to their favorite stores and buy items off of the shelves, they are usually purchasing goods that had to be manufactured in order to be sold. Manufacturing is a process that makes a product into what it is intended to be out of the different components that are necessary to create it. The manufacturing process for a product may be complex or simple, and that process will greatly depend on the type of item that is intended to be made.

Massive airbag inflator recall leads to company's bankruptcy

Although there are many precautionary measures in place to assure a customer's safety and wellbeing while using products in the United States, there still may be dangerous products out on the market that could seriously injure or even kill a consumer. This week, the aftermath of the largest automotive parts recall in history left the Japanese company Takata Corp bankrupt, following a massive recall of their airbags that left at least 17 dead throughout the world.

Protecting yourself from dangerous products

Americans are one of the largest consumers of products in the world. While products produced in the United States have to adhere to laws and regulations designed to assure the safety of consumers, there are still instances where a product can become dangerous or even deadly.

Who is responsible for dangerous products?

Although the United States has various laws in place to protect consumers, on occasion an error may cause a hazardous product out on the market, jeopardizing the health and well-being of customers. This may occur from an oversight during the design process, inferior or flawed parts, or in factories where food is being produced, the element of a hazardous disease or tarnished food.

What are the standards for design defects in Pennsylvania?

Pennsylvania residents generally expect that those items they purchase from reputable retailers will work for their intended purpose and do so in a reasonably safe manner. One reason that people have this expectation is that society has decided that everyone stands to gain when manufacturers and sellers are required to adhere to certain standards and regulations. When they don't, and a product fails and causes injury, the injured party may be entitled to compensation.

How long does one have to sue for a Pennsylvania design defect?

Consumers in Pennsylvania generally expect that when they purchase a product, it will do what it is meant to do effectively and safely. When an item doesn't do its job, or creates a situation in which a person using it can be hurt by it, the product might be considered defective. Under Pennsylvania law, a defect that causes an injury can create a cause of action against the manufacturer or seller of the product in question.