No one wants to admit that they’re just not that clever. They hit themselves in the head with a nail gun and it must be the fault of the manufacture. It’s faulty. Not to say that there aren’t reasonable expectations, but more times than not, its user error. When building a roof, you probably shouldn’t be drinking, and you probably should point the end where the nail comes out some other place than your head.
Take the whole drop-rail crib fiasco. While I am certain that there are perfectly acceptable instances where it really is a manufacturing error; more times than not, it’s the parents.
The parents, right. I’m sure that there are plenty of parents that would balk at the idea that they could possibly have to be responsible for injuring their children. It happens. Parents injure their kids. I’m no exception. Babies are top heavy, clumsy beasts, and when you leave them on high surfaces (such as the couch), they can fall. If you leave a baby in a bathtub alone, they might very well drown. If you feed them hotdogs, they could choke.
For the vast majority of Baby’s gear, the parents are the ones building and adjusting things to fit their baby. Parents build the crib, adjust the straps on the car seat, and assemble the stroller. The manufactures provide dictionary sized booklets on how to and how not to build, use, and destroy the equipment. Even bottles come with directions and warnings. If you don’t follow it to the ‘T’, then something could go wrong, except sometimes they go wrong anyways… but usually it’s something that resulted from human error. Maybe you over tightened (or just as catastrophically under tightened) a screw. Perhaps you didn’t climb into the car seat and weigh it down enough when belting it in. Maybe baby’s harness was secured when she was wearing bulkier clothes.
Sometimes, as parents, we just screw up.
In a perfectly ordinary and tech-free world, we wouldn’t have most of the people we have living on Earth. Think of all the problems that would solve. There wouldn’t be an issue of overpopulation.