Products sold should be used for the purpose they were made and in a proper manner.
Therefore, a plaintiff should be able to show that they were using a product in the way
anticipated. For example, to prove a case for the flat iron, the plaintiff is required to prove that
she was using the flat iron to straighten her hair and not for any other purpose. Another proof to
be shown is an injury caused or loss suffered as a result of the defective product. In the case of
the defective iron, the plaintiff may not succeed in the case as they did not suffer any loss
although the product posed a threat their lives. All the conditions must be proved to succeed in a
product liability case.
An example of a consumer protection act is Consumer Product and Safety Act (CPSA).
The consumer protection law protects the public against unreasonable risks connected to the
product. It sets uniform standards for the consumer products which helps consumers evaluate
comparative safety of different products. Hence, CPSA is incredibly useful because it has
promoted research into the causes of product-related deaths. As a result, it has significantly
reduced deaths related to products.
Consumer protection acts decrease a company’s liability. Consumer protection has
played a vital role in reducing company’s liability. It shields companies from unexpected costs
(Griffiths 40). For example, it shields construction companies from unpredictable costs
associated with innovation. Regulations set in the acts forces companies to produce standard
products that are safe lowering the probability of liability cases.
All in all, knowledge of warranty and consumer protection acts is fundamental. Every
product has a warranty attached to it which can be implied or expressed. Consumers should be
able to prove some conditions like injury and defect to succeed in a product liability case.