Inherent Vice Law and Legal Definition

‘Inherent vice’ is a hidden defect in a good or property which is causes or contributes to its deterioration, damage, or wastage. This characteristics or defects of inherent nature make the item an unacceptable risk to a carrier or insurer. In case the characteristic or defect is not visible, or in cases where the carrier or the insurer has not been warned of it, neither of them may be liable for any claim arising solely out of the inherent vice. Examples of inherent vice include spontaneous combustion, rust etc.