Is product liability the same as tort?

Product liability is a specific type of tort, but the two terms are not exactly the same. Tort law is a broad category that encompasses civil wrongs or injuries that result in legal liability. Product liability is a subset of tort law that specifically deals with harm caused by defective products.

In other words:

  • Tort Law: This is a general category of civil law that covers a wide range of wrongful actions that can lead to legal liability. It includes various types of wrongs, such as negligence, intentional infliction of emotional distress, defamation, and more.

  • Product Liability: This is a specific area within tort law that deals specifically with injuries or damages caused by defective products. It holds manufacturers, distributors, and sellers responsible for placing a defective product into the hands of consumers, resulting in harm.

So, while product liability is a type of tort (specifically falling under the category of “torts involving products”), not all torts are related to product liability. Torts can involve a broad range of legal issues beyond defective products.

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