Imminently Dangerous Article Law and Legal Definition

Imminently dangerous article refers to those articles that in a reasonable man’s knowledge are certain to place a life or one's limbs in danger.

In Collins v. Clayton & Lambert Mfg. Co., 299 F.2d 362 (6th Cir. 1962), the court observed that a satisfactory definition of an "imminently dangerous" article is that, "imminently dangerous" does not imply that the article sold must be inherently dangerous, such as poisons or explosives are known to be. If the nature and quality of the article is such that it will place life or limb in peril when negligently made, it is then a thing of imminent danger. A plumber's furnace is an "imminently dangerous" article. The manufacturer, seller, or supplier of an imminently dangerous article owes a duty to all to whom it may come, and whose life may be in danger thereby, to exercise caution adequate to the peril involved.