Product designers, manufacturers, and retailers have a legal responsibility to distribute products that are safe for consumers. In addition, products should operate as intended and advertised. This usually comes in the form of a product warranty, in which the manufacturer and seller make a promise to stand behind the products they distribute. Get the facts on product warranties and what they cover so you know how to protect your rights.
What is a Product Warranty?
Although not required by law, written product warranties come with most purchases. There are many different types of product warranties available to consumers, so it’s in your best interest to keep the following items in mind when considering your purchase:
The length of the warranty. Check to see when the warranty begins and ends and whether there are any conditions that may void the warranty early.
Your contact for warranty service. The manufacturer or the retailer may be the party that provides warranty service.
The parts and repair problems covered. Check to see if any parts of the product are excluded from warranty service.
Any conditions or limitations on the warranty. Some warranties only provide coverage if you use the product as directed, such as for personal use rather than for business use.
Product warranties provide guarantees to consumers that the products they purchase will operate safely. Unfortunately, even with product warranties in place, consumers may still be harmed by products that were designed or manufactured negligently.
If you have been injured by a product defect, you may be eligible for significant financial compensation. At Huffman & Huffman, PLLC, our product liability attorneys know how difficult life can be after a serious injury or the loss of a loved one. We have the experience necessary to hold negligent manufacturers, retailers, and large corporations responsible for allowing dangerous products to land in innocent consumers’ hands.
Contact us today at (757) 330-3425 to learn how we can assist you.