It would be cheaper for manufacturers to produce their products without regard to the dangers or even deaths they cause. Product liability law makes them pay and motivates them to produce safer products.
They pay after people are injured by their products. If the costs are very high, they are motivated to pay closer attention to safety before they sell their products.
There have even been businesses that were aware of the dangers in their products who then made a conscious decision that it would be cheaper to simply pay a few parties after they are injured, than to correct the problem of manufacturing defects on the assembly line, with each unit manufactured. Very heavy "punitive" damages may be awarded against such defendants.
As you can imagine, some products are more likely to pose a danger than others. Automobiles travel fast, on busy roadways, and are complicated systems. We have a right to expect them to be reasonably safe, since they have been developed over more than a century, and so widely. Certain parts of automobiles are more frequently the cause of injury or worse injury that should have occurred. These include:
- Defective tires
- Defective brakes
- Defective seat belts or airbags
Aircraft are similar in that they travel fast, carry passengers, and contain many systems, any of which could cause disaster if they fail.
Other products involve heat or flame, such as space heaters, furnaces, kitchen appliances. Consumers should have appropriate warnings attached to products that could be misused in a dangerous way.
If you have been injured or a loved one has been killed due to a defective product in St. Louis County or St. Charles County, you may have a strong product liability case. Contact an attorney with more than 25 years at The Gartner Law Firm in St. Peters, Missouri, for a no-cost consultation.