Self-balancing scooters—commonly known in the US as “hoverboards”—have entered the pop culture zeitgeist this year, and retailers are rushing to restock the shelves in time for Christmas. They’re one of the most-wanted sports items on Amazon.
But hoverboards are getting attention for another reason—they keep catching fire. How did this relatively new product manage to flood overseas markets so quickly, despite serious safety problems? The answer offers a case study in the pros and cons of China’s stunningly efficient manufacturing sector, in which a totally new product can go from blueprints to store shelves in weeks.
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