It is amazing how dependent we are in our daily lives on things. Hardly a moment passes that we do not rely upon the proper and safe functioning of at least one product in our home: our smoke alarms, furnace or air conditioner, electric blanket, clock-radio, wiring and gas lines throughout the house, security lights, hot water heater, the list goes on.
Consumers and manufacturers are interdependent, both needing what the other can provide them. Because manufacturers need consumers in order to make their product in the first place, they must be accountable to consumers for the proper and safe functioning of what they produce. Manufacturers must take responsibility for defective products that injure or kill people due to poor design or construction.
Generally, products that are unsafe because of defect are of two types:
- Products that are improperly designed
- Products that are not properly manufactured
A manufacturer may be liable in Missouri for injuries caused by either type of defective product. A manufacturer also may be liable for failing to warn users of a dangerous aspect about the product, if the danger was not obvious to an ordinary user of the product.