It is the responsibility of a product designer in Pennsylvania and elsewhere to ensure that their product is safe for the public and consumers before it hits the market. In instances where a defective product is launched, the manufacturer or designer could be held liable for any resulting damages or injury.
Last week, a line of coffee makers were recalled due to several dozen people reporting suffering burns as a result of the defective product. Reportedly, in a recorded 164 incidents, pressure that built up in the water reservoir caused the brewing chamber to open. Due to the pressure and open chamber, hot water and coffee grounds would spew from the coffee maker and pose a risk of burning bystanders.
The Mr. Coffee single cup brewing systems were sold from Sept. 2010 through Aug. 2012 and various models are being recalled. It is estimated that 520,000 of the Mr. Coffee single cup systems were issued in the United States, including Pennsylvania, over the last almost two years.
When victims in Philadelphia and elsewhere are injured because of a defective product, there is the possibility of pursuing a product liability lawsuit. Each case is different but anyone in the line of culpability can be held accountable from the designer to the seller, and everything in between.
A successful claim filed within the statute of limitations can mean that a product liability victim can be awarded compensation for medical bills and lost wages, as well as compensation for pain and suffering.
Source: The Washington Post, “Recalls this week include coffee makers, bikes and bike brakes, paint, and baby bathers,” Associated Press, Aug. 31, 2012