An interesting article cites a study that claims that of the 550 recalls since 1988 of toys made in China, 76.4% "could be" attributable to design flaws. Mind you, it says "could be."
The article, published in China and decidedly pro-Chinese, also says that a Mattel executive apologized to Chinese officials for any "inconvenience" the big recent recall caused Chinese consumers. Call it China fights back. Decide for youself. Are defects in Chinese products endemic or just occasional? And how much should designers in the U.S. take the blame?
Researchers have been working on a number of alternative chemistries to lithium-ion for next-gen batteries, silicon-air among them. However, while the technology has been viewed as promising and cost-effective, to date researchers haven’t managed to develop a battery of this chemistry with a viable running time -- until now.
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