Just to add: I am sure it isn't one in a million because there is no way Rome shipped a million combined units...even over a couple of years I would guess. Second as to the cheap China plastics...China doesn't use different plastic than we use here in the US and in fact because more companies have Chinese companies do their injection molding than have US companies do it, a Chinese source can often give superior quality at a better price if the volume is right. The problem is an engineerig one, was the correct plastic choosen for the application and is the design strong enough in the area in question. If there is a high falure rate on these parts then I would say the answer to those questions is no. That or there was a manufacturing issue with a run of base plates and poor QC by either (or both) the molder and Rome.
One thing I would be interested in seeing (but I know we never will) would be the rate of breakage of the white base versus the black (or any other colors out there). I notice the OP has white...I have black...there could very well been an error in the selection or mixture of the different colors that changed the material properties of the white vs. the black that wasn't accounted for or tested or whatever by Rome engineering.
Anyway I will be keeping a closer eye than I should have to on my bindings...that is for sure.
Edit: Oh and to add one other note to this thread, Rome has recalled some of their bindings this year. The 2010 United models were recalled for safety reasons so there is some foundation for them having a serious issue.
Last edited by Grasschopper; 01-18-2010 at 06:26 AM.