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Product Liability and Innovation: Managing Risk in an Uncertain Environment (1994)

Chapter: THE SOCIAL, LEGAL, AND REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT

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Suggested Citation:"THE SOCIAL, LEGAL, AND REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT." National Academy of Engineering. 1994. Product Liability and Innovation: Managing Risk in an Uncertain Environment. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/4768.
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THE SOCIAL, LEGAL, AND REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT

Suggested Citation:"THE SOCIAL, LEGAL, AND REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT." National Academy of Engineering. 1994. Product Liability and Innovation: Managing Risk in an Uncertain Environment. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/4768.
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Suggested Citation:"THE SOCIAL, LEGAL, AND REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT." National Academy of Engineering. 1994. Product Liability and Innovation: Managing Risk in an Uncertain Environment. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/4768.
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Suggested Citation:"THE SOCIAL, LEGAL, AND REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT." National Academy of Engineering. 1994. Product Liability and Innovation: Managing Risk in an Uncertain Environment. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/4768.
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Product liability is a contentious issue. Proponents argue that American tort law promotes product safety. Manufacturers contend that lawsuits chill new product development.

Product Liability and Innovation provides an overview and an engineering perspective on the product liability system. The volume offers studies of selected industries, exploring the effect of product liability on corporate product development decisions and on the creative opportunities and day-to-day work of engineers.

The volume addresses the potential liability of the parts or materials supplier and discusses the impact of liability on the availability of insurance. It looks at "junk science" in the courtroom and analyzes opportunities to incorporate into product design what we know about human behavior and risk. The book also looks at current efforts at tort reform and compares U.S. injury claims handling with that of other countries.

This volume will be important to policymakers, industrialists, attorneys, product engineers, and individuals concerned about the impact of product liability on the industrial future.

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