Product manufacturers have a legal responsibility to consumers to produce and distribute a product, which is safe for consumer use or consumption. When injuries have been suffered due to use or consumption of a good, a product liability claim questions the measures taken to ensure that a safe and dependable product has been produced. Even seemingly obvious dangers must be addressed by the manufacturer for the safety of the consumer, even if the manufacturer learns of the defect after the distribution of a product.
Defective products can range from cars, to medical devices, to children's toys to everyday household items. These defective products can cause harm, which leads to thousands of serious and in some cases life threatening injuries to consumers each year.
A recent example of a defective product is the DePuy ASR Hip Replacement Recall. DePuy Orthopedic, Inc., a subdivision of Johnson & Johnson, manufactured the ASR XL Acetabular System: a metal-on-metal design which has found to cause serious pain and injuries in patients who received the hip replacement.