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What is a manufacturing defect?

A consumer product must go through many stages before it hits the market. Products typically go through an extensive design period where safety, functionality and consumer satisfaction are the goals. Yet, even though a product is satisfactorily designed, it may still be dangerous when it goes on sale for consumers. All too often, manufacturing defects render products dangerous, putting consumers at significant risk of harm.

A manufacturing defect is an error that causes a product's final outcome to be different from its intended design, even if extreme care was taken when designing and marketing it. Therefore, even if a company chooses the best materials, designs it in a way that ensures safety, and has an assembly line that follows protocol, it can still be held liable if the product causes harm to a consumer when that product is used as intended. This means that manufacturers are held to a strict liability standard.

It is worth noting that thanks to regulations and manufacturing controls, these types of defects are relatively rare, and proving a manufacturing defect can be complicated. The reason that proving a defect caused an injury is because there are often many other factors that come into play when an individual is injured. In a car accident, for example, it may be hard to prove that a car's brakes were subject to manufacturing defects and that is what caused the individual's harm rather than poor road conditions or diver error.

Attorneys with experience in product liability law can help the injured to understand how the law may apply to their circumstances. A product liability lawsuit based on a manufacturing defect can help compensate the injured and hold manufacturers accountable when their negligence leads to injury.

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