The Mirage of Product Safety

John Hasnas

in The Oxford Handbook of Business Ethics

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780195307955
Published online January 2010 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 The Mirage of Product Safety

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This article examines the issues of product safety and product liability. It suggests that the concept of safety is inherently a matter of subjective evaluation and the concept of an obligation to produce safe products is not well-formed. On this basis, it can be said that businesses do not have an ethical obligation to produce safe products. However, businesses do have an ethical obligation not to produce deceptively dangerous products, and this obligation derives from the general duty of honest dealing and not from a distinct duty of product safety.

Keywords: product safety; product liability; ethical obligation; safe products; honest dealing

Article.  10648 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; Social and Political Philosophy

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