Products are supposed to be designed to be safe for both their intended uses and their foreseeable misuses. Unfortunately, many products are designed with inherent defects that pose a threat to the safety of the consumer. Although a design defect may seem harmless, many design defects often lead to accidents and injuries, such as choking, burning, and even death.
Major Recalls Due to Design Defects
- In 2013, 685 types of products were recalled in the United States due to design defects.
- Chrysler recently recalled 867,795 cars because the brakes that it had chosen for the type of car failed to work properly after minor corrosion.
- Toyota was required to recall 9 million cars after a defectively designed gas pedal occasionally became jammed in a downward position, leading to fatal acceleration.
- Bumbo recently recalled a popular infant seat because the design did not include a safety belt, and this design defect results in 21 infant skull fractures.
- In a single recall for a type of high chair over a design defect in 2014, more than 485,000 chairs were being recalled.
Accident Statistics Involving Design Defects
- In the 1990s, 4 fatal airplane accidents were caused by design defects.
- 11 children under the age of 12 died in 2012 due to design defects in toys.
- Approximately 265,000 injuries stemming from design defects were treated in American emergency rooms in 2012.
- A design defect made by GM in 2001 involving ignition switches caused at least 31 car crashes according to an investigation by Congress.
Seeking Legal Help for a Design Defect
If you have been injured as a result of a design defect, you should contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible so that you can make sure that you do not miss your opportunity to seek just compensation for your injury. A qualified lawyer can assist you in preparing for you case and represent you in court.