Illinois Courts have held that in a product liability case, strict liability may be predicated on a finding that the product is unreasonably dangerous, regardless of who is at fault. Miller v. Dvornik, 149 Ill.app.2d 883, 889, 103 Ill.Dec. 139, 501 N.E.2d 160, 164 (1986). The focus when determining strict liability is whether a product is unreasonably dangerous and whether the product in its present state, without the installation of optional safety devices, is dangerous because it fails to perform in the manner reasonably to be expected in light of its nature and intended function.” Miller, 149 Ill.App.2d at 888, 103 Ill.Dec. 139, 501. An important aspect of strict liability is that proof of negligence is unnecessary. Heyen v. Sanborn Manufacturing Co., 223 Ill.App.3d 307, 315, 165 Ill.Dec. 407, 584 N.E.2d 841, 846 (1991).
Moreover, Illinois Courts have held that strict liability can be imposed upon any party who sells a product in a defective condition unreasonably dangerous to the user or consumer. Lamkin v. Towner 138 Ill.2d 510, 528, 150 Ill.Dec. 562, 563 N.E.2d 449, 457 (1990). A seller who puts a defective product into the stream of commerce runs the risk of being held strictly liable for injuries caused by the product, regardless of whether the seller actually knew of the defect, contributed to the defect or failed to discover the defect. Sims v. Teepak, Inc., 143 Ill.App.2d 865, 867, 97 Ill.Dec. 914, 493 N.E.2d 721, 723-24 (1986).
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