North Carolina Product Liability Attorney
Defective products and product recalls can be avoided by manufacturers at numerous stages through the product lifecycle:
- Design stage: This stage represents the critical stage of the product. Engineers and designers work together to refine the design and should ensure that there are no jagged edges, missing safety features or exposed nails or screws.
- Testing stage: The prototype of the product must be tested to ensure that the item is safe and performs as intended.
- Manufacturing stage: The manufacturing process is developed around the prototype. Here, an assembly line, product mold or machining equipment must be developed to not only mass-produce the new item but also ensure the item is produced to exacting standards.
- Marketing and packaging: An organization must be careful to ensure that the product is packaged safely and the instructions are easy to read. Additionally, any warnings must be carefully explained to consumers.
If the manufacturer fails to consider the safety and security of consumers at any point during the development and production of a new product, serious injuries can result. Items such as power tools, toys and household cleaning products can lead to catastrophic injuries. Larger items, such as construction equipment, forklifts or industrial presses, can lead to amputation or death. Contact a skilled personal injury lawyer for strong, effective representation.