Lafayette drivers may have seen the recent warning from the National Transportation Department that counterfeit airbags were being used after crashes. This is the most recent consumer product that has been found to malfunction., This warning is very important because a malfunctioning airbag could mean life or death.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, has noted that the the warning applies only to cars that had their air bags replaced in the past three years. No death from defective products has been reported yet and the problem does not appear to be pervasive, since less than 0.1 percent of vehicles in America seem effected. However, the amount of cars that could have the replacement bags is rather wide. Additionally at this time, the source of the malfunctioning consumer product is not known.
When it comes to defective products and product liability cases, there are a few types of product defects. The first is a design defect. This means that there is a flaw in the way the product was made that is unreasonably dangerous. Additionally, the product could have been designed safer at little to no additional cost. Next is a manufacturer's defect. This is when the manufacturer, either intentionally or not, does not conform with the design and creates an unsafe hazard. Finally, there is a marketing defect, when there is improper or insufficient labeling. Any of these defects can bring harm to a consumer.
When it comes to any type of consumer product, the most important thing is to stay safe. However, this announcement reminds people that those who have been injured should know about their legal rights.
Source: The New York Times, "Transportation Department Warns Against Counterfeit Air Bags," Jonathan Schultz, Oct. 10, 2012