Exploding hoverboards have been all over the news lately, especially as these boards were very popular as holiday gifts. Based on the number of incidents of the boards exploding or catching fire, many retailers including Amazon.com and Target stopped selling them before Christmas, and several commercial airlines banned them aboard their aircraft.
So what happened in the production of these items in China to make them so dangerous? We all know about defective, cheap Chinese products, but is this really the result of poor processes and sub-standard materials or is something else going on? Why is it for example, that China can build a $589,000 Lamborghini Estoque, but not a safe hoverboard? And who is responsible when a defective product is imported into the United States?
In this talk, Rosemary Coates will address these questions by discussing the facts about global supply chains, poor quality products, patent infringement, outdated safety standards, and the potential for high profits with knock-off brands within the extremely competitive manufacturing community in China.