Only infrequently, does a resident of Ontario hear or read about a local consumer that got injured or sick after using a certain product. That fact highlights that degree to which Canadian laws work to protect consumers. Those laws penalize any business or facility that plays a part in creation of a dangerous product.
The 3 ways that a product could become defective:
It could have a design flaw. Sometimes designers add a feature that appears to increase a product’s desirability, in the eyes of consumers. Yet that same change might also make the altered item considerably more dangerous. When that happens the product’s design flaw becomes the source of it defect.
A defect might have been introduced during the manufacturing process. Maybe some part was not added to the item, as it traveled down the assembly line. Perhaps the part got put in place, but did not get tightened properly. Both situations could have permitted the making of a potentially dangerous product.
Marketers fail to carry out their job to the fullest extent. Marketers must do more than increase a product’s sales. The consumers must be sold a safe item. Instructions on the label should spell out how the consumer ought to use his or her new purchase. An inadequate set of instructions can decrease the safety and the appeal of whatever item has been placed on the store shelves, or has been made available to online shoppers.
How a consumer should respond to discovery of a dangerous good.
If injured by that same good, the consumer has the right to file a defective product claim. In order to win that claim, the claimant must show that the product was truly defective. It often helps to gain the backing of an expert. By hiring a Personal Injury Lawyer in St. Catharines, the consumer’s access to such an expert becomes more certain.
Who should get sued?
Who should be held responsible for the defective product? It could be a manufacturer. Perhaps the head of the assembly line at a given factory did a sloppy job of supervising the employees working on the assembly line.
Alternately, consumers might be able to sue a retailer. Maybe a retailer knew of the defective nature of an item, and sold it to consumers anyhow, in hopes of making a few extra bucks. Perhaps the retailer failed to post specific precautions, which were supposed to be shared with the consumers.
Finally, the distributor might be the one that carried out a careless or neglectful act. In other words, maybe the distributor was negligent. Some companies arrange for a manufacturers’ representative to both promote and distribute the products that carry their specific label. So perhaps that same individual can be sued.