Business Brunch – Development and testing

Category: contract law, insurance law Industry: mobility Location: Düsseldorf Date:

Liability law requirements relating to the development and testing of new products

Business Brunch with Daniel Wuhrmann on 10 November 2017 in Düsseldorf

In a single vehicle there are umpteen individual parts from dozens of suppliers, and they keep having to perform new functions in systems that are getting more and more complex in the ways they act. These features alone place extremely high demands on the development and functionality of the individual parts. But what happens if components turn out to be non-functional, or even unsafe?

In the relationship with the customer, there is a threat of substantial claims of recourse for quality and warranty measures. Recalls and other field measures are also possible. Corrective measures and sanctions may also be adopted by the market surveillance authorities. Final customers and third parties may be entitled to make product liability claims. 

  • What do customers, legislators and jurisprudence call for?
  • What efforts in terms of development and testing must the manufacturer of a product make to give himself the best possible chance of evading liability accusations?
  • What role do contractual agreements with the customers or standards such as IATF 16949 and ISO 26262 play in this?
  • How, in turn, do these issues relate to the obligatory ‘testing clause’ in standard industrial liability insurance policies? 

We would like to discuss these questions and others with you at our business brunch on 10 November 2017 in Düsseldorf.