Sunday June 19, 2016

Who’s To Blame When Your Gadget Bursts Into Flames?

If your device blows up, you can essentially blame anyone and anything that made it commercially available. There is no federal law that requires any device to be testedآ—perhaps we should thank retailers for insisting on carrying only safe products, but I imagine that something called a lawsuit also plays a part.

آ…there’s no legal requirement for consumer products to be safety-certified by an independent third party, like UL. Second, even when products contain safety certified parts like batteries, the product itself may not have been tested and certified. Third, though retailers are likely to insist on a safety certification for products they sell, the lack of a legal framework to require it, or any mechanism to enforce it, means that non-certified products can and do make it onto retailers’ shelves be they physical or digital.