A manufacturer is strictly liable if it places a defective product in the market that causes injury to others. There are several policy reasons for holding a manufacturer of a defective product strictly liable.
Better Position A manufacturer is in a better position to anticipate and avoid defects.
Loss Spreading A manufacturer can better spread the costs by charging all its customers more and using the money to compensate a plaintiff.
Encourage Research Holding manufacturers liable will give them the incentive to develop safer products.
Difficulty of Proof It is almost impossible for a plaintiff to prove a defendant was at fault given the complex technologies and procedures of modern production.
Reciprocal Risk The rationale that a manufacturer marketed the product and therefore should be held responsible.