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What are types of product defect?

| Jun 23, 2021

When you purchase a product, you expect it to work as advertised. Most importantly, you expect that it will not cause you any physical harm or damage. But unfortunately, this is not always the case. 

When a product has a defect, it can put the health and well-being of the customer into jeopardy. There are different types of product defects and they can affect you in different ways, too. 

Design defects

Cornell Law School looks into products liability. It discusses the three main areas of product defects. They include design, manufacturing and marketing defects. Design defects are inherent in the product itself. That means no matter how you craft it, it will always pose some sort of danger or threat. The item may even serve its intended purpose, but the design flaw makes it potentially dangerous to use. 

Manufacturing defects

Manufacturing defects occur during the creation of the product. The design itself is fine, with no inherent issues. But during its creation, something happens that results in it becoming a danger to use. Common examples of this include car parts that come with a risk of explosion while in use, such as airbags or tires. 

Marketing defects

Finally, you have marketing defects. This includes defects in the packaging, marketing, distribution or instructions of a product. It might include false advertising or unclear instructions on use. It could include forgetting to put warning labels on the product if it comes with risks. 

If you faced personal health risk due to these issues, you might want to consider contacting legal help. They could guide you if you wish to pursue financial compensation.