Mississippi Company Ordered to Pay Fine for Defective Product
A company out of Greenwood, Mississippi, famous for its high-end ranges and stoves, has agreed to pay $4.65 million in civil penalties in connection with defective products that caused injuries to consumers. According to Jackson’s 16 WAPT News, Viking Range reached a settlement with the Consumer Product Safety Commission in a case that arose out of a May 2015 recall of over 50,000 gas ranges. The company received 170 incident reports from 2008 to 2014, alleging that the product would turn on spontaneously and users were unable to turn them off. The defect causes a severe burn risk to consumers and actually did result in injuries in a number of cases. Defective products placed into the stream of commerce result in injuries every year, but a skilled products liability lawyer can help you recover compensation for your losses.
Three Types of Defects
Product defects may fall into one or more categories under Mississippi law:
- Manufacturing Defect: When the item deviates from the maker’s specifications for production, the flaw is a manufacturing defect. This type of flaw will only affect one unit or lot of items that don’t conform to the manufacturing specifications – not the entire line of products.
- Example: Equipment used to manufacture a widget suffers a failure, resulting in a defect that impacts the items produced that day. The widgets manufactured before the failure and after repairs are not affected.
- Design Defect: If the flaw is based upon a mistake made in the development of the item, it’s a design defect. Because the error applies to all products manufactured, according to the foundational design, all items are defective.
- Example: When designing a product, the developer overlooks a mistake in the blueprint. The manufacturer follows the developer’s design in producing the goods, so all items manufactured from that blueprint are defective.
- Information Defect: If a product labeling doesn’t include adequate warnings or instructions for use, the fault is considered an information defect.
In addition, a product may be defective if it states an express warranty on its labeling – but doesn’t conform to that factual representation.
Proving a Products Liability Case
To make a claim for compensation due to a defective product, you must prove certain elements:
- You suffered injuries;
- There was a defect in the product in question;
- The defect directly caused your injuries; and,
- You were using the product in accordance with its normal usage, i.e., not in some other application.
Product liability cases almost always require the hiring and testimony of an expert witness to prove your case. Contact a local attorney, like the Law Offices of Judy M. Guice, to assist you in evaluating your case and to help with the finding and hiring of an expert witness.
Have You Been Injured By a Defective Product? Talk to a Biloxi Attorney About Your Case
Defective products pose dangers to consumers who are unable to detect the flaws until it’s too late. There are different kinds of defects involved with these products, any of which can result in severe injury or even death. If a product defect has caused injuries and other losses, you do have options to pursue the manufacturer, designer, shipper, and other potential parties in the supply chain. The attorneys at the Law Offices of Judy Guice have years of experience representing clients that are injured due to product flaws, so please contact us about your case. We can schedule a consultation for you at our convenient Biloxi, MS location.