Created By: justanidJanuary 12, 2013 Last Edited By: justanidJanuary 17, 2013
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No Product Safety Standards

When a piece of technology doesn't go through rigourous safety testing.

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"Should we initiate a recall?"

You've just built the world's first and only prototype of something. Why not test it yourself without a hazardous environment suit? Or better yet, put it into mass-production and release it to the public as soon as possible! Surely, nothing bad could come from something made on a budget. What could possibly go wrong from a lack of clinical trials?

That cancer you got ten years later is probably unrelated, not to mention the injuries of all those children who tried to play with it, or those dead military personnel who looked at it funny. While Moral Guardians may be outraged, don't expect Neglectful Precursors or a Crapsack World to care.

Compare with May Contain Evil & No OSHA Compliance. Contrast Disastrous Demonstration: when a product's dangerous properties reveal themselves during a promotional event.


Examples:

Film
  • Fight Club has a sequence where the protagonist/narrator explains how the automotive company he's employed at does recalls for new cars, averting this trope only when it's cost effective.

Live Action TV

Video Games
  • A more positive example comes from Dead Space where medical appliances and mining tools can be repurposed into weapons on the spot. What this meant for future society before the outbreak is more than a little disturbing.
  • Aperture Science in the Portal series is all about this, from toxic shower curtains to the "Anti Heimlich Maneuver". Recordings in the second game show that employees were fired on the spot for even suggesting testing their contraptions for safety of use. Perhaps that's exactly the reason behind their ultimate commercial failure.
  • In the back story of 0x10c, the human race wakes up trillions of years in the future because of a byte order error in the software used to operate cryogenic sleep capsules.

Western Animation
  • One of the first episodes of Family Guy has Peter falling asleep on the job at the toy factory, allowing for dangerous products to make it into shipping, such as a bottle of pills inside a "Pound Poochie" box, a "silly ball" being a throwing hatchet, and a girl's doll being built in with a flamethrower.
  • The VeggieTales video "The Toy that Saved Christmas" has Buzz-Saw Louie, the hot new toy with a real working buzzsaw!

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Real Life
  • Too many to mention. Historical examples are mostly a result of ignorance when it comes to the physiological effects of a substance (such as lead), while modern examples tend to be from poor safety standards. Fortunately, product recalls do occur.


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Community Feedback Replies: 21
  • January 13, 2013
    Chernoskill
    Seems more like a sub-trope to No OSHA compliance.

    What's the idea behind the toy pirate pistol? I can't see anything particularly dangerous about that thing.
  • January 13, 2013
    justanid
    ^ It's a sister trope, as the other applies to areas and this applies to objects.

    The pistol was part of a product recall for non-bullet lead poisoning and is only up there until something better comes along.
  • January 13, 2013
    ArtFever
    ^I suggest you use a picture of Fry stuck in that door. Especially since I'm certain we will see more door examples.
  • January 13, 2013
    justanid
    ^ Hmm... thinking now that doors might better fall under No OSHA Compliance, as they tend to be part of buildings even if they are objects.
  • January 13, 2013
    DRCEQ
    I see where this is coming from. No Osha Compliance applies to structures, buildings, and environments. This trope is suppose to apply to commercial products and such. That said, the current image would not pass by.

    Also, what door are you talking about with Fry?

    • One of the first episodes of Family Guy has Peter falling asleep on the job at the toy factory, allowing for dangerous products to make it into shipping, such as a bottle of pills inside a "Pound Poochie" box, a "silly ball" being a throwing hatchet, and a girl's doll being built in with a flamethrower.

  • January 13, 2013
    Koveras
    • Aperture Science in the Portal series is all about this. Recordings in the second game show that employees were fired on the spot for even suggesting testing their contraptions for safety of use. Perhaps that's exactly the reason behind their ultimate commercial failure...
  • January 13, 2013
    justanid
    ^^ Moved the Futurama entry here to under No Osha Compliance.

    Thanks for the additions! :) Open to new image suggestions.
  • January 14, 2013
    Arivne
  • January 14, 2013
    DRCEQ
    Hmm.. I would say not exactly. It might be related if the product is intentionally designed to be unsafe, but in this case, safety is an oversight.
  • January 14, 2013
    justanid
    Ah! Perfect. Exactly the image I was hoping to find, and GIS pulls through.

    justanid edit: Moved up image from Family Guy +

  • January 16, 2013
    justanid
    ^ Weird, it somehow removed your handle! Thought that only was there you could get the source or would show "edited by" rather than replacing it, sorry.
  • January 16, 2013
    DRCEQ
    No worries. That's just how it works.
  • January 16, 2013
    McKathlin
    Western Animation
    • The VeggieTales video "The Toy that Saved Christmas" has Buzz-Saw Louie, the hot new toy with a real working buzzsaw!
  • January 16, 2013
    BOFH
    Video Games
    • In the back story of 0x10c, the human race wakes up trillions of years in the future because of a byte order error in the software used to operate cryogenic sleep capsules.
  • January 16, 2013
    StarSword
  • January 16, 2013
    nielas
    • In a classic Saturday Night Live sketch Dan Akroyd plays a Corrupt Corporate Executive who is trying to persuade a TV reporter that his company's toys are fun and safe for children. The products include a teddy bear with a built-in functioning chainsaw and a bag of broken glass. More Hilarity Ensues when he then tries to 'prove' that regular, safe toys are actually extremely unsafe.
  • January 16, 2013
    SharleeD
    Contrast Disastrous Demonstration, where a product's dangerous properties reveal themselves during a promotional event and it never reaches store shelves.
  • January 16, 2013
    DRCEQ
    For what it's worth, this trope has enough examples to launch. It just needs some more hats. More examples would be welcomed, but maybe more will be added when it is actually launched.
  • January 17, 2013
    justanid
    Lets see...
    • Consistency type: External
    • Trope type: Narrative?
    • Medium type: any
    • Origins: Daedalus' artificial wings? industrial revolition? Or maybe in the 1950's when X-ray machines were banned for causing cancer (predating product recalls?
    • Popularity through time: No idea. Safety has been around for a while, consumer protection is relatively new, and common sense has had a rocky past. Almost any item can be unintentionally dangerous, even a piece of foam could cause suffocation.
    • Current trope life cycle status: going strong, unfortunately.

    "If the YKTTW lacks hats and you don't know why, you can make a comment to ask what is missing."

    Anything missing? :)
  • January 17, 2013
    StarSword
    @justanid: regarding the commenter-name-change thing: that happens if you hit submit on somebody else's comment.

    Hat.
  • January 17, 2013
    justanid
    Yay, first trope launched. :) Thanks for the help.

Three days must pass before this YKTTW is Launchworthy or Discardable