Design Defect Alleged in Chinese-Made Crib: A Case of Foreseeable Misuse?

One million Chinese cribs have been recalled due to a design defect that allows assemblers to put one of the sides (which slides down for removal of the infant) on the crib upside down. For the story, click here Under product liability rules, a design includes such assemblage issues. Designers are expected to prevent any dangerous misassemblage by making it impossible to do so. Here, the upside down part created a gap that could trap a baby’s head. This falls into the foreseeable misuse category of product liability.