Examples Of Product Liability
When we think of product liability, we can think of defects in children’s toys, in our food, with our vehicles, with household products and almost any product that we come into contact with on a daily basis.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is a phenomenal resource and has jurisdiction over more than 15,000 consumer products including, but not limited to:
- Children’s Products
One of the laws in Georgia that governs product liability is O.C.G.A. Section 51-1-11 which states in pertinent part that, “the manufacturer of a product is strictly liable for injuries caused by a defect in a product that existed at the time of manufacture.”
Under Georgia Law, the Product Manufacturer may fall into one, or more, of three categories:
- The actual manufacturer or designer of the product;
- A manufacturers of a component part which failed and caused injury; and/or
- An assembler of component parts who then sell the item as a single product under its own trade name.
Similarly, under Georgia Law O.C.G.A. Section 51-1-11(b) further expands the liability of the manufacturer if the manufacturer places a product on the market to the public where such product is reasonably certain to place life and limb in peril when negligently made as the manufacturer has a duty to make said product safely. The amazing feature in product liability cases is that manufactures do continuously put products on the market that are not safe.
For example, food has been placed on the market that is not safe to eat, and vehicles are placed on the market with many defects including, but not limited to, the following:
- Airbag deployment defects
- Occupant containment defects
- Post-collision fuel-fed fire defects
- Tire defects
- Rollover defects
- Seat and seatback failure defects
- Seatbelt defects
- Smart key defects
- Sudden unintended acceleration defects
Our lawyers know how to evaluate these types of cases and are meticulous in following investigation principles such as preserving everything, performing a thorough examination, involving an expert early in the process, researching the product(s) and the manufacturer(s) involved and considering the costs of litigating these types of claims. We also are able to identify sellers and entities who put products in the stream of commerce outside of the United States. Furthermore, we can identify if a service provider, such as a repair shop, may also be responsible.
At Julie A. Rice, Attorney at Law, & Affiliates, we are not only concerned with your safety, we also firmly believe that pursuing Product Liability Cases creates a great good by making products safer for everyone. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed by a defective product, then please contact us today for your free consultation by phone at 770-865-8654, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or on our website. We look forward to serving you and making products safe for our society.