Title: Products liability: severe design constraint

Authors: Charles O. Smith

Addresses: Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Terre Haute, Indiana, USA

Abstract: Products liability litigation in the United States has effectively imposed a number of stringent design constraints relating to safety, foreseeable use, directions and warnings, etc. Although these constraints are specific to the U.S., any manufacturer whose products will be sold in the U.S. is also subject to these requirements. This paper discusses the bases for products liability litigation, some examples from litigation, preventive measures to be taken by a prudent manufacturer, and the acceptable probability of injury.

Keywords: product liability; technical insurance; liability litigation; safety; design constraints; United States; USA.

DOI: 10.1504/IJMPT.1987.036760

International Journal of Materials and Product Technology, 1987 Vol.2 No.1, pp.18 - 35

Published online: 07 Nov 2010 *

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