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Sen. Schumer urges CPSC to investigate exploding cell phone reports

Posted at: 06/23/2013 2:02 PM
By: Cadence Acquaviva

Sen. Schumer issued a warning Sunday about the growing problem with cell phone batteries that rapidly expand and, in some cases, even explode. A widespread problem several years ago that has seemingly returned.

Schumer says in the last two years over 60 reports of after market phone batteries smoking, catching fire, or exploding were filed with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), alluding that the issue may be wide spread.

According to published reports, knock-offs and counterfeit models are most likely to have problems, many coming into the country from China. The Senator requested Sunday that the CPSC investigate the matter to determine the scope of the problem, and consider any additional action.

Action such as issuing widespread warnings about certain manufacturers and a possible ban on those manufacturers from importing product deemed dangerous.

In a letter to the CPSC Sen. Schumer says, "The number of cell phone users in the United States exceeds our population, making this a problem for virtually all Americans. I hope that the CPSC can launch a thorough and swift investigation into this public safety risk."