The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported 932 safety recalls for vehicles in 2022. That number represents only a small portion of all consumer recalls. Removing a product from the market often is due to a defect that could harm users.
Consumers should be aware of the three types of product defects that could lead to safety issues.
Design defects arise during the initial planning and conceptualization phase of a product. These flaws are part of the product’s blueprint. They exist before it even reaches the manufacturing stage. When a design is inherently unsafe or has flaws, serious consequences can follow. For example, a car with a stability design defect might tip over.
Manufacturing defects occur during the production process. These defects can result from faulty materials, subpar workmanship or errors in the assembly line. A batch of pharmaceuticals contaminated during manufacturing is an example.
Marketing defects, which also go by the name of failures to warn, involve inadequate instructions or warnings about potential dangers associated with a product. Even if a product has a good design and the manufacturing went well, accidents can occur if users do not receive proper information about risks and usage. For instance, a household cleaner might cause harm if the consumer does not use it in a well-ventilated area. Without a clear warning, consumers may unknowingly put themselves at risk.
Understanding the three common types of product defects empowers consumers to make informed choices and enhances overall safety awareness. Anyone who has been a victim of a product defect should protect their rights and seek help by contacting us.