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ACCORDING TO CONSUMER groups and the government agencies that are responsible for protecting Americans from defective products, more than 23 million defective products are likely being used by consumers in the United States alone. These products are considered defective because they have the potential to seriously injure or kill the users. The word “defective” is generally understood to mean imperfect or faulty.

The true extent of injuries and deaths that can be attributed to defective products cannot be reliably known, but experts agree that far more people are injured and killed from defective products each year than from all street crimes combined. Murder kills approximately 16,000 people per year and violent street crimes cause physical injuries to less than 1 million. The most common violent street ...

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