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Old 12-31-2015, 07:02 AM   #1
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While searching for information, I came across an interesting bulletin. Attached file below. Hover boards are the latest electronics with a dangerous tendency to explode when charged and cause for concern as major retailers and commercial airlines banned them from sales and air transport. Rechargeable lithium batteries are well known as they're in every cell phone, tablet, laptop, and portable charging units. There's even a portable boost pack no larger than a paperback novel used to jump start cars. Boeing's 777 debuted with a pair of rechargeable lithium power packs with disastrous results requiring grounding the fleet of 777's for a year until approximately $350 million was spent in research to redesign a sturdier containment system and battery configuration before the FAA allowed these first generation lithium battery power packs back into the air. These power packs are upgrades to the older sealed lead cell batteries.

Ongoing criticism about GM parts made in America or outsourced to foreign countries seems to divide opinions for and against foreign made parts. I think its safe to say that at least one country is a major manufacturer of electronics simply because of one of the lowest labor rates as part of cost control. Quality isn't an issue as Apple products and many other name brands take full advantage of the Pacific rim countries for manufacturing many brands of electronic products. It would be no surprise to me if GM's EFI system and other electronics are made offshore - anyone removing and examining GM electronics can read the country of origin on circuit boards whether made in USA or elsewhere. Other durable parts are questioned as to where they're manufactured and nation bashing continues when cheap is associated with foreign made products. The Yugo comes to mind. And let's not forget Saturn's foray into CVT's (European made) resulting in discontinuing them after two years in Vues. Funny how critcism is made directly against a foreign country but not against Saturn or GM that chooses wherever products can be made as cost effective as possible while retaining quality. The cvt and Yugo are two exceptions with less than desired quality. It's painfully clear the two year run of cvt equipped Vues was a poor choice to debut cvt's. Teething pains when other car manufacturers seem to have fewer problems with cvt's in their models? Just some food for thought.......

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