Suitable for SMEs, sole traders and the self-employed, product liability insurance is a must for any business that designs, manufactures or distributes:
Your business could also be held liable even if you out-source your manufacturing and only put your name on the finished product, or you have repaired or refurbished a faulty product that caused injury or property damage. You may also be at risk if you import products from outside the European Union, cannot identify the original manufacturer, or they have gone bust leaving your business as the last man standing.
It doesn’t take much to cause an accident. Even the smallest part or finished product has the potential to cause physical harm or property damage if it is faulty, fitted incorrectly, or wrongly supplied for purpose. For example – a manufacturer produces electrical components used in consumer hair dryers. A minor error in a wiring connector causes a short circuit that creates an electrical fire. The part is only worth a few pennies, but the compensation claims from the user who was burned could easily cost tens of thousands of pounds. Could your business survive such an issue?
Product liability insurance protects against claims for:
PL may not cover against:
Although liability will be determined by the circumstances unique to each case, the Consumer Protection Act states that manufacturers, distributors, suppliers and retailers can be held responsible for damage, injury or death caused by their product or any of that product’s component parts. This includes second-hand and refurbished products and businesses that only provide repairs.
There is no real limit to the property damage or level of injury that faulty products can cause. As such, UK providers of parts, components and finished goods will typically insure themselves for £1 million to £5 million depending on the size of their business and the type of products they supply.
Premiums for product liability insurance can start at less than £40 per month, but just as no two UK businesses are alike, so no two product liability insurance needs are the same. Costs will depend on your business type and the risks attached to what you make or sell, making every quote unique.
All business involves risk, but that doesn’t mean you have to suffer the consequences if things go wrong. Don’t let a faulty product put your business in a spin. Contact Swoop today to compare top-quality product liability cover from different providers and to discuss all your business insurance needs.
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