As a manufacturer, you need to do everything necessary to protect your company against product liability claims. Ensuring that proper processes are in place and identifying problem areas can go a long way towards providing protection for your company, but it’s certainly not enough. If consumers claim that there is a product liability issue with an item you produce you’re going to need California product liability insurance to fight those claims, or otherwise pay for any damages incurred.
State laws help determine what constitutes product liability
In certain states, the law requires that the product be properly packaged or labeled to give reasonable warnings of dangers about the product and/or to give completed instructions on proper use of said product. A company has the right to defend against this type of claim if, for instance, the injury was caused by misuse by the consumer. This is provided that you manufactured the product according to standards set by state and federal law.
As an example, let’s say your company produces a product that is intended only for a particular use, but a consumer who purchased your product used it in a way in which it was not intend and was injured. How do you now protect your company against this type of claim? Manufacturers can protect themselves against claims of this nature by developing a process to regularly monitor and update product labels and always provide instructions that clearly state the intended use by the consumer. In addition to carrying California product liability insurance you should go to some lengths to determine in what ways you can limit your risk.
Manufacturers can also protect themselves against this type of claim by developing a process to record the specifications of each product before shipping to an OEM. This process allows the manufacturer to easily reference the state of the product when it was delivered to the OEM. Your company can limit or avoid exposure to this claim if the injury was caused by a modification or alteration to the product made after it was delivered to the initial customer.