I think .... and I don't mean any disrespect ... that these pools are but one of many, many items that we're beginning to see that challenge the limits of governmental propriety.
John, I understand what your saying and agree to it to a point.
How much should the Govt. do to protect us from ourselves?
Here is the problem I have and it hits close to home.
Many of my wifes family and friends have these pools and I am hitting a stone wall with my wife explaining how these can be very dangerous.
Why is that?
Because my wife's mindset and that of most consumers is this.The Govt. would not allow these to be sold if they where not safe.
Is that the right mindset to have?
Is it the mindset of a modern American?
I think so.
I understand that the safety of these depend on the homeowner but lets be real here.
How many homeowners in this day and age have the electrical knowledge and common sense required when supplying these pools with power.
In my opinion these pools will kill innocent victims while rarely injuring the one who ran the power out to the pool.
I have tried to get my wife to keep our kids out of these pools...it is very tough when the rest of the family is in having a good time and I come across as a safety nut.
I figure the best I can do is give my wife a GFCI cord set and ask her to install it on the cord to the pool and leave it there.
I will be very surprised if these pools do not end up being recalled at some point.
Sorry for ranting but I see tragedy in the making.
John, I am not trying to stir the pot here just talking.
It is YOUR responsibility ... not that of some government agency to screen / approve things for sale.
I wish that where true.
It's not as black and white as you make it sound.
Many items that where legally sold have been recalled because the Govt. has determined that they are unsafe.
From lead in children's toys, to the car you drive, from the blade brake on a rotary mower to the safety's that stop a washing machine from spinning with the lid open.
We are a long time past being able to sell whatever we want with disregard to how people use it or misuse it.
Our we better off now or where we better off before...???
I surely will not pretend to know the answer to that question but I do know that because of this Govt. intervention on so many fronts that the younger generation expects that the Govt is protecting them from harm and that what is sold at Wal-Mart is 'safe'.
Consumers are between a rock and a hard place.