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What Is Product Liability?

When certain events occur that lead to unwanted or unexpected results, a party is usually sought to be held accountable for any injury or harm that became a consequence of such events. Thus, the party who is held to be accountable is the party who holds liability. However, liability has several levels of application. One such level involves responsibility for products that have been manufactured. Thus, product liability involves the accountability of the producer or manufacturer when the product causes or could cause possible harm or damage to those who purchased it.


Product liability laws differ among states and other jurisdictions. However, the general idea of product liability is that the producer or manufacturer has the duty to provide some form or mechanism of protection from any possible harm or injury that the consumers might suffer due to the product created. It has been noted that because the producers created the product and assembled it, the producer or company has the most knowledge with regards to the composition and nature of the product. Thus, the manufacturers are duty-bound to inform their consumers of any and all possible defects the product may have.


For example, a car was purchased by a person. This person needs to be informed of all the features of the car, what it does have and what it doesn’t have. If the person suffers an accident due to the failure of the manufacturer to warn the person of faulty airbags, then the person may sue the car manufacturer for product liability.

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