For those disappointed in Elon Musk selling out of his 50,000 flamethrowers, Amazon may have the answer. The company pulled the Salon Grade Hair Dryer after it was shown shooting flames. While it may make for a bad hair day, it is cheaper and smaller than Musk’s Boring Company Flamethrower.
You can see the video here.
Erika Augthun Shoolbred sounded quite surprised on January 29th when the dryer became a flame thrower.
The hair dyer is made and marketed by OraCorp with other “beauty products.” I cannot wait to see its toothbrushes in action.
The quick action for Amazon is not simply a protection of its customers but also required under tort and federal law.
Most states have passed “sealed container” laws that shield retailers of defective products from liability when a produce is sold in sealed containers. The liability is then contained to the manufacturer. The laws generally required that product was sold in a sealed container or in an unaltered form and the seller had no knowledge of the defect. Moreover, the seller must be shown to have had no knowledge of the defect but also could not have discovered the defect while exercising reasonable care. Moreover, the product cannot be the retailer’s own product or the result of its own design or specifications. Finally, the seller can not alter, modify, assemble, or mishandle the product.
All of that fits well with Amazon so long as it promptly responded to such stories as hair dryers functioning a flame throwers.
As to Musk’s product, they are indeed legal. Actually, his product is a bit wimpy given what is on the market:
The view of retailers appear to be that flame throwers don’t burn people, people burn people.
We previously discussed this issue, including flame throwing criminals.
However, these devices are illegal in Maryland and California says that flame throwers require a permit issued by the State Fire Marshal