- The responsibility of manufacturers, distributors and sellers of products to the public to ensure that these products are free of defects that can cause harm, and to fulfill that responsibility either by replacing defective products or by compensating anyone harmed by them. The key legal element in product liability cases is that a person who suffers harm need prove only the failure of the product to make the seller, distributor and/or manufacturer liable for damages. An injured person usually need sue only the seller, with whom the injured party was in most direct contact (privity), and let the seller bring the manufacturer or distributor into the lawsuit or settlement.
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