Did your Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 suffer the "Red Ring of Death" or "Yellow Light of Death" between 2006 and 2007? If so, you can try blaming China for your misfortune.
Over a dozen class-action lawsuits have been filed in 33 states against construction companies who recently used drywall imported from China. Why? Because like many Chinese products, there's a severe defect; and by severe, we mean hazardous to electrical appliances and your health. The contamination is suspected to have occured between '06 and '07. Incidentally, Louisana has a high number of related cases due to extensive reconstruction following Katrina.
So what does all this have to do with your video game console? Turns out the drywall actually corrodes wiring. Here is a list of things to watch out for, by the Consumer Product Safety Commission:
- persistent rotten egg odor
- respiratory or other symptoms alleviated by leaving a building and worsened on return
- blackened and corroded metal, including copper, nickel, silver and/or stainless steel
- premature failures of central air-conditioning evaporator coils
- blinking lights or power failures
- arcing or sparking
- intermittent operation or failure of appliances such as refrigerators and dishwashers and electronic devices such as televisions, computers and video-game systems
Looks like China not only makes electronics but also breaks them. If you truly suspect your drywall may be contaminated, check out the CPSC website on what to do about it.