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MacBook Air Cuts Like a Knife. Literally.

By Cynthia Hsu, Esq. | Last updated on

Would you use your MacBook Air as a knife? Videos, pictures, and stories have surfaced of Apple users across the globe using their MacBook Airs to slice fruit, mushrooms, and sometimes even their own elbow. Ouch.

Starting at $999, a MacBook Air is a very expensive kitchen tool.

Of course, "knife" is not the MacBook Air's main function. It's a notebook computer.

But, is it a dangerous notebook? Would Apple face liability if people injure themselves on the MacBook?

Probably not, though videos of people slicing foods with their MacBook Airs are relatively entertaining:

Why wouldn't Apple be liable? Most likely, it's because "kitchen knife" is not really a common use of an expensive laptop computer.

Manufacturers of products can be held liable for injuries caused by their products. But, a common defense against liability is that the injured plaintiff used the product in a way that was not reasonably foreseeable to the manufacturer.

Apple engineers likely weren't sitting around a table, contemplating how users would use their MacBook airs to slice fruit.

If the MacBook Airs were so sharp that they caused injuries to consumers who were using it in a way that Apple could reasonably foresee, then there could be liability.

For example, if the MacBook Air was so sharp that it cut consumers whenever they grabbed the notebook by the edge to carry it somewhere, Apple could be liable.

So most likely, those who use their MacBook Air as a knife are doing so at their own risk. And sure, it may be a little strange to use such an expensive piece of technology in your kitchen. But there is definitely some delicious irony in using a MacBook Air to slice an apple.

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