What can Pennsylvanians do when they buy a defective product?

Every day, millions of products ranging from food to clothes to toys to appliances are manufactured and sent out to consumers in Pennsylvania and across the United States to use. However, many products may have defects that can cause injuries and even fatalities. Although most of those products are safe to use, there are some that can be hazardous to consumers. It is in the best interests of Pennsylvanians to know if they have a viable product in their hands or a product liability case waiting to happen.

Product liability means holding a manufacturer, supplier or any entity that has produced a product whose defects have caused the consumer harm responsible. With a product liability claim, it does not matter how much care was used by manufacturers when creating the product. The point is that the product is still defective and is considered dangerous to consumers and the entity or person responsible should be held accountable.

Product defects from manufacturers as well as suppliers are usually one of three types -- design defects, manufacturing defects or marketing defects. Defects in design are already present even before the product was manufactured. While the product may be useful, its flaw can be dangerous. Manufacturing defects, on the other hand, happen during the construction of the product. Marketing defects refer to incorrect instructions, failure to inform consumers of possible dangers and possibly bogus claims.

If people are injured by defective products, Pennsylvanians can report the incident to the manufacturer of the product. They can also seek assistance from consumer agencies, such as the Consumer Product Safety Commission or Federal Trade Commission. If the defect resulted in serious injuries or death, Pennsylvanians may wish to consult with a product liability attorney on possibly filing a legal action.

Source: Law.cornell.edu, "Products liability," Accessed on Oct. 29, 2014

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