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What is a manufacturing defect?

On Behalf of | Dec 20, 2018 | Products Liability

With the holidays in full swing, many are purchasing last minute gifts. Whether it is a new, hot item or something that has been on the market for some time, consumers expect that what they are purchasing will work as advertised. Unfortunately, errors could be made when a product is designed, manufactured and sold. Such errors could lead to defects, causing a product to not work, malfunction and even become dangerous. Such a situation could result in a consumer suffering serious injuries and damages.

Defects could occur for a variety of reasons, one being related to the manufacturing process. What is a manufacturing defect? Simply put, it is a defect that occurs in the manufacturing process. Even when a product is designed properly, errors in the manufacturing process can cause even the most well-designed product to become defective or dangerous.

With regards to manufacturing defects, it does not matter how careful a manufacturer was when designing a product, choosing the materials to build it, developing an assembly line or implementing quality assurance. When a product is poorly manufactured, it could cause injury to a consumer when using it in the intended way. It should be noted that manufacturing defects are relatively uncommon, as they typically enter the stream of commerce by slipping through the cracks.

When a manufacturing defect harms a consumer, it is possible to hold a manufacturer liable. A products liability action could help an injured consumer recover compensation for any losses or damages suffered. This could address losses such as medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages and other related damages.