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What Is a Manufacturing Defect?

A manufacturing defect is a type of legal claim involved in a many types of product liability claims. With a manufacturing defect, the product becomes dangers, unsafe, or unfit for use due to the way that it was constructed or put together during the manufacturing process. 

Manufacturing defects are different from design defects, in which there is something wrong with the way the product was designed. With a manufacturing defect, there is nothing wrong with the design; however, an error in manufacturing is what makes the product dangerous to the consumer. Another common type of defect is a warning label defect, where the company failed to include sufficient warnings with a product. 

What Are Some Types of Manufacturing Defects?

There are many different types of manufacturing defects. A defective products lawsuit usually arises because a person was injured due to a manufacturing defect. Some examples of types of manufacturing defects that may cause injury can include:

  • Using the wrong types of screws, bolts or other fasteners on mechanical parts
  • Attaching parts together incorrectly
  • Using wrong colored paints, especially if the colors are for safety purposes
  • Installing incorrect or outdated components
  • Installing electric circuitry backwards or in a way that will cause electrical shock
  • Improperly trimming excess plastic or material from a mold
  • Various other types of manufacturing errors

Thus, the type of manufacturing defect generally depends on the type of product in question. 

Who Can Be Held Liable for a Manufacturing Defect?

In most cases, it is the manufacturer of the product that can be held liable for a manufacturing defect. However, one thing to note is that many companies hire an outside source to complete production or some manufacturing steps. Thus, in some cases it may be necessary to consult with a legal professional to determine whether multiple parties may actually be liable for a defective product injury. 

Also, some states may limit or reduce a plaintiff’s award if it can be shown that they were partially responsible for their own injuries. For instance, if the victim failed to follow warning labels or product instructions, their damages award could be reduced. This may depend on local or state laws.

Do I Need a Lawyer?

Manufacturing defects can often lead to very serious injuries and complex legal claims. You may wish to hire a personal injury lawyer in your area if you need assistance with a manufacturing defect lawsuit. Your lawyer will be able to provide you with the legal advice and guidance that is needed for the success of your claim. Also, your lawyer can provide you with representation during court meetings. 

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Last Modified: 01-25-2017 05:37 PM PST

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