Any medical device can fail. Certain products have made headlines after recalls revealed unacceptably high failure rates. These devices include:
Some medical devices fail because of substandard parts or mistakes in their construction. Many fail because their designs were unsafe from the beginning. The FDA process for approving medical devices may not be sufficient given how quickly the industry has grown. Device makers are often using patients as test subjects to see whether a new device will function correctly over time. When the device fails, the maker can either deny liability or settle the suits and move on to the next device.