Product liability is not always related to design or manufacturing errors. In fact, product liability doesn’t have to involve the product at all; in some cases, liability arises when the product comes with an inadequate warning label. According to the Uniform Commercial Code § 2-314(c), products must be fit for the purpose that they were designed to serve. Additionally, § 2-314(e) through (f) states that a product must be
…adequately contained, packaged, and labeled as the agreement may require; and (f) conform to the promise or affirmations of fact made on the container or label if any.
In other words, product must be packaged in a way that is not misleading. The product must also warn customers of potential hazards – especially if it imposes some form of risk in order to be useful. For example, an electric-powered carving knife is only useful if it is sharp and uses electricity. Both of these elements involve risk of injury; however, consumers can use the product effectively and without suffering an injury. In this situation, the manufacturer should warn consumers of potential laceration and electrical injuries.
A product warning should contain the following elements:
At Greenberg & Stein, we believe that negligent individuals and companies should be held responsible for their actions. If you suffered a product injury because the manufacturer failed to warn you of potential risks, you may be able to collect money through a personal injury lawsuit or claim. Contact us and schedule a free, no-obligation consultation regarding your case; our New York City personal injury attorneys can help you understand your legal options without firm.