Product Liability Civil Charges

5.40D-2 – Design Defect — Introductory Statement to Jury


The defendant as the manufacturer/seller of a product has the duty to make/sell a product that is reasonably safe. In this charge when I refer to a reasonably safe product I mean a product that is reasonably fit, suitable and safe for its intended or reasonably foreseeable uses. Defendant owes that duty to direct users of the product, to reasonably foreseeable users of the product, and to those who may reasonably be expected to come into contact with it.

The defendant is liable only if plaintiff proves that the product causing the harm was not reasonably safe for its intended or reasonably foreseeable uses. In this case the plaintiff name claims that the product was not reasonably safe for its intended purpose because the product was designed in a defective manner.

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