(solution) (TCO C) John Hunter died from carbon monoxide poisoning

(solution) (TCO C) John Hunter died from carbon monoxide poisoning

(TCO C) John Hunter died from carbon monoxide poisoning from a gas heater that he had installed in his hunting cabin. His wife wanted to sue the manufacturer under a theory of product liability. The manufacturer claimed that the heater had been improperly installed because the vent pipe was not extended far enough above the roofline. They pointed out that the instruction manual stated that the pipe had to be vented outside but acknowledged that it did not specify how far outside the vent pipe should extend, however the manual did have a drawing that showed it extending beyond the roofline. They also pointed out that the instruction manual had the statement: “WARNING; To ensure compliance with local codes, have installed by a gas or utility inspector”. 1 Does the wife have a valid product liability lawsuit? In your answer explain the legal elements she would have to prove and show whether or not the facts support those elements. 2 Does the manufacturer have valid defenses? 3 What ethical principles/tests should the company consider in deciding whether to fight or settle this lawsuit?