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In what way can products be defective?

On Behalf of | Dec 1, 2020 | Product Liability

Texas residents like you expect the products you purchase to be safe to use. In most cases, this is what you get. But in some, the product you trust might turn out defective.

What sort of defects can products have? How does the defect impact the overall product?

Three types of product defects

Cornell Law School lists three primary defects that create product liability. They are:

  • Design defects
  • Manufacturing defects
  • Marketing defects

How these defects occur

Design defects occur at the start of the creation process. If a product has a defect in design, it means the defect is inherent in the product itself. Faulty production or packaging is not to blame for issues that may happen. A product can get produced exactly according to plan and still pose a risk due to a flaw in the design structure itself.

Manufacturing defects happen during production. The design of the product itself is safe and most products make it to the customer just fine. But an issue during production can create a defective batch of products. This defect would not exist without the error in production.

Marketing defects happen after the product is complete. The design is sound and there were no issues in manufacturing. Unfortunately, there are issues with packaging. For example, the packaging might mistakenly list incorrect dosages for a medicine. For a heat styling tool, it might not mention that you cannot use the tool around water.

A defect at any stage can create big risks for consumers like you. If you get harmed due to a defective product, you may want to look into your compensation options.