The act's definition of defective goods is deliberately vague and can cover many instances, however, a broad classification would be goods that do not meet the required safety specifications and that are dangerous and as such may cause injury to their users.
The act covers virtually all consumer goods and gives the scope for legal action to be taken against producers or importers, including manufacturers that fail to identify the origin of the raw materials or goods they supply if imported from countries outside the European Union.
Whether or not a product is fit for the job which it is advertised for are generally covered by older consumer legislation. The later act provides consumers with the legal protection that products must do what the producers claim they can and with a minimum level of safety. It is the producer's responsibility to accurately and honestly describe their products.
The 1987 legislation has been updated by the General Protection Act 1994 which acts as a catch all for any consumer products that were missed by the 1987 act. The 1994 act includes second hand goods and any consumer goods missed by the 1987 act.
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