A manufacturer may be strictly liable to the user of a product when design renders the product defective and unreasonably dangerous. The purpose of a warning is to ensure that an otherwise dangerous product is used in a reasonably safe manner.
Plaintiff sustained serious leg injuries in a low-speed motorcycle crash and sued defendant motorcycle manufacturer under a theory of strict liability. Plaintiff argued that the absence of leg protection devices rendered the motorcycle a defective and unreasonably dangerous product.
Is it correct to hold a manufacturer liable for a product’s defect that creates a danger contemplated by the purchaser?
The test to prove strict product liability is whether a product is unreasonably dangerous in general and in consideration of all the factors. Summary judgment was reversed because the motorcycle manufacturer had a duty to exercise reasonable care in the design of its product to minimize foreseeable injury to users and a factual issue existed as to whether the design strategies were reasonable.