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Carbon Fiber rim/wheel failure?

What are the real risks associated with carbon fiber wheel failure? From what I have read, when carbon fails, it is quick, and catastrophic.

I have a set of carbon wheels that I have been riding on now for about 4 months, and I love everything about them. Light, stiff, keeping true, clean up easy, and look good.

I am starting to see small "blemishes" in the surface from going through rock gardens. I don't see anything that is alarmingly deep, but from what I have read, any mar in the surface is all carbon needs to fail.

Has anybody SEEN a catastrophic carbon wheel failure? With as much "Go Pro-ing" that is going on, coupled with the increasing number of carbon wheels out there, if they were failing, wouldn't there be some video documentation?

I've done some brief YouTube searches, but not coming up with much. Any insight to this would be great!
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