Defective Products and Your Rights
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently announced that General Electric has agreed to pay a $3.5 million civil penalty in connection with two of their products. The CPSC charged that GE knowingly failed to report, as required by law, “defects and an unreasonable risk of serious injury concerning two models of Profile freestanding dual-fuel ranges and various models of Profile and Monogram dishwashers. CPSC contended that the connector in the range’s wire harness could overheat, posing fire and burn hazards to consumers.What Responsibility do Manufacturers Have?
The manufacturer of a product has a duty to provide items that are reasonably free of defects that could cause injury to the people who use the product. If a product has inherent dangers that cannot be designed out of it, then the manufacturer has a duty to warn users of those dangers. If the manufacturer fails in either of these duties, then it is responsible for damages their product may cause.What Rights do Consumers Have?
For more than thirty years, The Lawyers of Brown & Roberto have represented clients throughout Tennessee who have been injured or disabled by dangerous or defective products. Our personal injury attorneys are committed to holding manufacturers responsible when their products kill or injure the people who use those products.
During that time, our lawyers have assisted clients who have been injured by:
- Automobiles, trucks, ATVs, and other motor vehicles
- Prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, or vitamins
- Medical appliances or devices
- Household cleaning products
- Health and beauty aids
- Children’s toys
- Contaminated food or infant formula
- Industrial machines, such as punches and presses
- Office products
- Safety equipment
If you’ve been injured by a product, it is important to save the product and contact a lawyer as soon as possible. Our lawyers often work with experts to determine how a product may be defective or how an injury occurred. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation. We’ll discuss your case, answer your questions, and advise you on your best course of action. Call (865) 691-2777 or use the convenient contact form below.