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6.5 Strict Liability Torts


  • Learn more about strict liability torts
  • Become more familiar with the legal English vocabulary related to strict liability torts


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Strict Liability Torts

Strict liability means that no matter how carefully the defendant behaved, he will still be held liable.  Courts impose strict liability on defendants who engage in abnormally dangerous activity and defendants who harbor dangerous or wild animals.

States also (often) impose strict liability in connection with product liability claims. That is, if a product is defective, a manufacturer or seller will be liable regardless of their intent or level of care.

Product defects are typically divided into design defects, manufacturing defects, and failure to warn.

A design defect means that all of the products are created in a way that could harm the person who uses the product.

A manufacturing defect means that while a product might be designed just fine, something went wrong with the manufacturing of one or more of those products, resulting in harm.

And a failure to warn means that a user of a product was not adequately cautioned about the danger posed by a product.