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Do You Understand the Types of Product Defects?

As a consumer, you buy many products on a regular basis. From groceries to vehicles and from prescription drugs to child toys, you're always purchasing something.

You have every reason to believe that each product you purchase is safe to use as intended. Even so, it's a must to remember that this is not always the case. There are times when defective products make their way to market, thus putting consumers at risk.

An example of this would be a car or motorcycle with a serious defect, such as an accelerator that sticks. If left unrepaired, this defect can cause serious injury or even death.

There are three primary types of product defects. As a consumer, you want to become familiar with each one:

-- Design defect. This comes into play before the product is manufactured, as it is related to the actual design of the product.

-- Manufacturing defect. Even if the design is safe, a manufacturing defect could lead to an eventual injury by the end consumer.

-- Marketing defect. This is associated with the way the product is marketed, such as inaccurate directions for use, inadequate safety warnings or improper labeling.

By understanding each type of product defect, you're in a better position to realize what happened if you or a loved one suffers an injury.

If you find yourself injured by a product, learn more about what happened and if others have had the same or similar issue. This may lead you toward a lawsuit that allows you to receive compensation for your injuries and other damages.

Source: FindLaw, "What is Product Liability?," accessed Jan. 12, 2017

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