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Failure Analysis and Prevention

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William T. Becker
William T. Becker
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Roch J. Shipley
Roch J. Shipley
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ASM International
Volume
11
ISBN electronic:
978-1-62708-180-1
Publication date:
2002
Book Chapter

Products Liability and Design

By
Charles O. Smith
Charles O. Smith
Engineering Consultant
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Published:
2002
Page range:
71 - 78
Publication history
November 01, 2002

Abstract

This article discusses the three legal theories on which a products liability lawsuit is based and the issues of hazard, risk, and danger in the context of liability. It describes manufacturing and design defects of various products. The article explains a design that is analyzed from the human factors viewpoint and details the preventive measures of the defects, with examples. It presents four paramount questions relating to the probability of injury which are asked even when one executes all possible preventive measures carefully and thoroughly.

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Charles O. Smith, 2002. "Products Liability and Design", Failure Analysis and Prevention, William T. Becker, Roch J. Shipley

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