Maybe you have just purchased a new treadmill in hopes of getting in shape. But the first time you start walking, the treadmill malfunctions, causing you to go flying off. Not only are you not “in shape,” but you are in worse shape than when you stepped on—with broken bones and the medical bills to match.
This is an example of product liability, which allows legal action against the producer of a product if that product is defected and results in injury to anyone who uses it. A product liability case can also be brought against a manufacturer who failed to provide clear directions for a product’s use—and injury results—or did not provide adequate warning of a hazard or risk related to that product.