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Counterfeit electronics can be dangerous products

People across the country buy products online and in smaller electronic shops every day. They often trust the shops or online businesses because they think that it wouldn't be possible for companies to sell products that might be dangerous. However, more and more companies and online retailers are selling counterfeit products. These products can be cheaper for retailers to buy and they earn a higher markup.

When consumers buy these dangerous products, they might unknowingly be risking their safety or the health of their family. Many electronics are being counterfeited and authorities are trying to crack down on these products. If a person buys a counterfeit electronic, they might be made with poorer quality materials, but they think they are actually buying the product of a reputable brand.

If the poor quality wiring in these electronics fails, the device could just fail to work, or it could be more dangerous and catch fire. This is especially problematic if the poor materials are used in electronic cords. These cords often sit on carpets in homes and can overheat rapidly, causing a fire. If a fire occurs in the middle of the night, the result can be devastating.

If a person is injured because of a dangerous product, they might be wise to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney. They can help the person or their family seek compensation. Even if a retailer says that they didn't know that the product was fake, they might still be held accountable as they should know where their products are coming from.

Source: WLS-TV, "I-Team: Uncovering the dangers of fake electronics," Chuck Goudie, May 13, 2013

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