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How Design Errors Can Result in a Dangerous Product

Dec 20, 2022 Brown Moore & Associates Products Liability, Uncategorized

Errors during the design phase of a product can have serious consequences, including the risk of the product being unreasonably dangerous to use. When a product is deemed unreasonably dangerous, it means that it poses a risk of harm to the user that is greater than would be expected given its intended use. In other words, the product has a defect or deficiency that makes it unsafe to use, even when a consumer uses it according to the instructions and for the proper purposes.

How Design Errors Put Consumers At Risk

There are many ways in which errors during the design phase can lead to a product being unreasonably dangerous. One common cause is a failure to consider the potential risks and hazards associated with the product’s use. For example, a manufacturer may design a product that is prone to overheating or has sharp edges, without considering the risk of injury to the user.

Another way in which design errors can result in a product being unreasonably dangerous is through the use of inferior materials or construction techniques. For example, a manufacturer may choose to use cheaper, lower quality materials in order to cut costs, but these materials may not be able to withstand the stresses of use or may be prone to failure. Similarly, poor construction techniques, such as insufficient testing or inadequate quality control measures, can lead to a product that is prone to failure or malfunction.

Design errors can also occur when a product is not properly tested or evaluated before it is released to the market. This can lead to issues such as inadequate warning labels or instructions, or a lack of adequate safeguards to prevent accidents or injuries. In these cases, the manufacturer may have failed to anticipate the potential risks associated with the product’s use and therefore did not take steps to mitigate those risks.

Errors during the design phase can also occur when a product is not properly maintained or updated. For example, a manufacturer may design a product with a limited lifespan or a requirement for regular maintenance, but fail to provide adequate instructions or support for maintenance. As a result, the product may malfunction or fail, posing a risk of injury to the user.

In summary, errors during the design phase of a product can result in it being unreasonably dangerous to use if they lead to the product having defects or deficiencies that make it unsafe to use, even when used as intended. This can occur due to a failure to consider potential risks and hazards, the use of inferior materials or construction techniques, inadequate testing or evaluation, or a lack of proper maintenance or updates. To ensure the safety of products, manufacturers must take care to thoroughly consider and address these issues during the design process.

Hopefully, you’ll never be injured as a result of using a dangerous product. However, if this does happen, you may be eligible to receive financial compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and other such losses. A Charlotte product liability attorney at Brown Moore & Associates, PLLC will gladly review your case and explain your legal options in these circumstances. Get started today by contacting us online or calling us at 704-335-1500.