Another gift from our friends in the Middle Kingdom

I read a great book on Chinese manufacturing last year.  It’s titled Poorly Made in China, An Insider’s Account of the China Production Game and was written by Paul Midler.  Paul’s book details how Chinese manufacturing firms shave costs in production in order to improve their bottom line.  Now, that probably is not a big deal for a lot of products.  If some Chinese apparel firm wants to put in ten stitches an inch rather than fifteen stitches an inch on a sweatshirt, probably no big deal.  But for some products, cutting corners in production can kill people.

So I was horrified to read a story about counterfeit Chinese airbags being installed in automobiles being sold in this country.  During testing by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration,  “the counterfeit airbags consistently malfunctioned, with results ranging from a failure to deploy to shooting flames and propelling metal shrapnel into the test dummy.”  I don’t know about you, but during a crash in my car I am prepared to accept metal shrapnel being propelled at me by the other car, but not from my own airbags.

So if you are in an accident and your airbags deploy, I would make darn sure that the replacement airbags are manufactured by members of our extended American family rather than some fella in the Middle Kingdom.  If there is a price difference between American manufactured airbags and Chinese airbags, I would suggest you pay it!

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I live in Seattle and love telling stories about Americans, the places where they work and the things that they make. I have just published a book, Simply American, encouraging Americans to purchase American made products; the book can be ordered at
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2 Responses to Another gift from our friends in the Middle Kingdom

  1. Great article. More and more replacement parts are not made by the original manufacturer, instead going with cheap, counterfeit stuff. Even Porsche’s replacement parts no come from China, because the new owner of “Porsche” simply doesn’t care about quality. -Jack A

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