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When is a warning required for a product?

On Behalf of | Feb 21, 2019 | Products Liability

It is common for Virginia consumers to purchase new goods. Whether it is something new on the market or not, consumers expect to have the goods they purchase to work as intended. In some cases, errors can occur. Something was not built right, a part is faulty or it has malfunctioned. This could result in a product being completely worthless. However, it could also cause the product to be deemed dangerous. A defective product can be very dangerous for consumers, causing serious harm and damages.

A manufacturer owes consumers various duties. One of these is to warn a consumer of potential dangers. This is done by providing warning labels and instructions. Manufacturers are required to warn users about any hidden dangers that could be present in a product. They also have the duty to instruct consumers how to use a product properly so that they may avoid any dangers and use it safely.

When is a warning required for a product? There are four situations that require a warning label to be used. The first is when a product presents dangers. The next is when there is a danger and the manufacturer knows it. The third is when a danger is present when the product is reasonably used in its intended manner. The final is when danger is not obvious to a reasonable consumer.

When a manufacturer fails to use a warning label or a warning label is not adequate, this could give rise to a products liability action, following a consumer injury. This legal action could help an injured consumer recover compensation for damages associated with the incident.