Liability for Defective Products – Court of Appeal Gives Guidance

Liability for Defective Products – Court of Appeal Gives Guidance A factory fire which caused £20 million worth of damage gave rise to an important case in which the Court of Appeal took a modern view of product liability and consumer protection laws which date back to the early 20th Century. The blaze started when a heating element was mistakenly switched on in an empty chemical holding tank which was lined with flammable polypropylene. The tank had been fitted with a safety device, which was supposed to warn against liquid in the tank falling below a certain level or rising above a certain temperature, but which had failed to operate.…