These kinds of things usually end up being design problems more than manufacturing problems, to save a buck. How many times have you taken apart a broken product to find a broken 10 cent part that would have lasted forever if they had just bought the $1 part.
Too often I am hearing check the country of origin, and believe me I do. But on the other hand I remember when anything manufacturered in Japan was considered garbage. History has a way of repeating itself.
You can't tell me that mass-production in China is better than care and attention in the US.
This is ECN, how many people that are using these "instruments" aren't here or aren't getting these CLSB warnings?
I'm not looking to start any sort of a "bash China" thing, but the question has to be asked. Why is stuff that should be of a certain standard (especially with the Fluke CAT ratings), failing? I have a real problem with using something that is rated CAT III or IV on live conductors, where the PSCC could blow you and the meter to bits. That just isn't my thing.