Defective Products – Here’s the 7 Most Common Types

Posted on December 28, 2021 in Personal Injury

Defective products are something we never think we’re going to get. When you buy a new car, you drive it off the lot assuming it was built correctly. Similarly, when you purchase a crib for your child, you think the bed was assembled properly and that it will keep your child safe.

However, this is not always the case. Sometimes products are defective, putting us and our loved ones at risk. If you or a loved one is injured by a faulty product, contact one of our personal injury attorneys for the help you need.

Take a look at some of the most common defective products.

Vehicle Defective Products

If your car or SUV isn’t built correctly, it can put you at risk for accidents. For example, SUVs can be at higher risk for rolling over if they are not built correctly. Your vehicle also uses various types of parts from many different manufacturers. While we typically assume everything works how it’s supposed to, sometimes auto parts can be defective products.

If your brakes, ignition, seat belt, tires, or airbags malfunction, it can put you at risk for serious injuries if you’re in an accident. Our experienced auto defect lawyers can help you recover for the damages you suffered in the accident.

Children’s Defective Products

You’ve probably seen the frequent list of children’s defective product recalls. That’s because kids are at higher risk for injuries from products if proper safety precautions were not taken – like labeling products for a certain age group or flagging choking or suffocation hazards. Toys, furniture, and car seats are products that have been the focus of product liability lawsuits in the past.

Medical Devices

Whether you need a pacemaker. a diabetes implant, or another medical device, you are relying on it to improve your health. Unfortunately, sometimes these suffer design flaws or are manufactured incorrectly, making them ineffective and putting your health at risk. In serious cases, these can even cause death. It’s important to be alert to all device recalls and warnings to make sure you get the device removed and replaced as soon as possible.

Household Appliances

When you purchase a new household appliance, you immediately focus on what the appliance will do for you – whether it will make coffee, toast or bread, or other conveniences. Unfortunately, if these are not built correctly, they can lead to fires and other hazards around your house. Watch for defective product recalls for these household appliances to keep your family safe.

Cleaning Products

Cleaning products need to be labeled correctly with the appropriate warnings and risks. This can include how much to use, what you should or should not mix it with, and other items like what temperature to store it at. It should also include a warning if you need to keep it away from children or pets. If these are not labeled, it can result in burns and poisoning.

Contaminated Food

When you buy food at the grocery store, you assume it’s safe to eat. However, sometimes that food can be contaminated with bacteria. Whether it was contaminated while being picked, packaged, or processed, the bacteria can cause mild to serious forms of food poisoning. In severe cases, it can lead to hospitalizations and even death. It’s essential to check expiration dates before buying food and be alert to all food recall warnings.


Not even the equipment that makes other products is safe from product defect risks. If a large piece of machinery is defective, it can put all products it creates at risk, as well as the employees that run the equipment. Defects can lead to serious accidents and injuries.

If you are injured by a defective product, you can take legal action to recover damages you are owed for medical bills, loss of income, and other expenses. It’s essential to hire an attorney immediately to start building your case and to ensure the right steps are taken.

If you suffered an injury due to a defective product, contact the attorneys at Gallagher & Kennedy at 602-530-8400. We care about our clients and are committed to using our skills, work ethic, and resources to help you or your family obtain compensation and justice.