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Reply to Defects Every day, we are in contact with a high number of products (e.g., cellular phones, computers, cars), and our lives and our perceived well-being depend on the functions and properties of these products. This lack of safety is sometimes explained by, the increasing complexity of many products, the time- and cost pressure during product development caused by the fierce competition, new technology being put on the market before all features are known, designers and/or producers who cut corners to save time or money, or because of lack of knowledge, products being used in other ways and for other purposes than anticipated, and so forth. Most producers are striving to increase the safety of their products to enhance their competitive power, reduce warranty cost, and prevent liability claims and product recalls (Rausand & Utne, 2009). Despite increased safety awareness among customers, producers, and authorities, there are several recent examples of accidents due to product failures. In October
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Unformatted text preview: 2005, Ford and Bridgestone Firestone settled a dispute about whether Ford car accidents were a result of defective Bridgestone Firestone tires, or from vehicle defects. Defects may lead to immediate or delayed consequences, both for the user and for the producer. For users, the consequences can range from a mere nuisance to a serious damage, in the form of injuries, fatalities, and/or economic loss (Murthy et al., 2008). I really enjoyed reading the author’s topic on defects and completely agree the defects “can be a costly interruption to the production process”. Reference Murthy et al., 2008 D.N.P. Murthy, T. Østerås and M. Rausand, Product Reliability: Specification and Performance, Springer, London (2008). Rausand, M., & Utne, I. (2009). Product safety – Principles and practices in a life cycle perspective. Safety Science , 47 (7), 939-947. doi:10.1016/j.ssci.2008.10.004....
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