Manufacturing defects are a serious danger that can affect nearly any product on the market. If you encounter a product with a manufacturing defect, it could result in accidental harm to you or anyone around you when you use the product. But what exactly is a manufacturing defect, and how does one result in harm?
Explaining Manufacturing Defects
Manufacturing defects are a type of product defect that is caused whenever there is some kind of mistake in how a product is made or transported. Unlike design defects, which can affect an entire product line, manufacturing defects tend to be fairly limited in the number of products they affect. Unfortunately, that means that you may not have any warning that you have received a defective product until someone gets hurt.
How Manufacturing Defects Happen
Products can acquire a manufacturing defect at any point during their manufacturing or transportation. The materials that a product is made from may be deficient in some way, or it might be put together incorrectly, resulting in unexpected problems. In addition, products can always be damaged while being transported, resulting in defects that did not exist when they were originally shipped out. While companies are supposed to have quality assurance testing to catch these potential problems, these are not always perfect, and there is always the risk that a manufacturing defect will slip through the cracks.
Examples of Manufacturing Defects
There are plenty of examples of manufacturing defects. Some of the most common issues seen in product liability lawsuits include:
- Food that has been tainted with pathogens like salmonella or e. coli.
- Medicine that has been tainted by toxic chemicals.
- Toys with parts that break during ordinary use by children.
- Furniture with faulty materials that break under the weight of a grown adult.
- Electronics with faulty circuitry that electrocute people that use them.
- Tools with damaged parts that break off when used.
- Machines with parts that are not fitted properly, causing them to slip.
- Safety equipment that does not secure properly, causing them to fail.
What You Should Do
If you or someone you love has been injured by a manufacturing defect, the first thing you should do is seek immediate medical attention. After that, however, you should speak to a personal injury lawyer with experience handling product liability cases. They can go over the facts of your case, and help you to obtain compensation for the harm you have suffered.
If you have been injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, you should contact the Tennessee personal injury lawyers at the Keith Williams Law Group. With convenient offices located in Nashville and Lebanon, our lawyers will work with you to create a litigation strategy that protects your legal rights and serves your personal needs. For more information or a free consultation, please contact us at 615-444-2900 or visit our contact page.