This is the fourth in a series of posts looking at some of the basic features of Ohio law concerning liability for product defects. So far, we’ve looked at several types of product defects, including manufacturing and design defects, as well as failure to provide adequate warnings and instructions. As we’ve noted, each of these categories of product defects involves specific rules governing when, and to what extent, manufacturers and designers are liable for defects.
In addition to the these types of product defects, products may also be found defective if they fail to conform to representations made by the manufacturer at the time they leave the manufacturer’s control. Liability for failure to conform to representations is strict, meaning the manufacturer doesn’t need to have been negligent in making false representations to be determined at fault.