The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 recall is further proof that better standards are needed for the manufacture of lithium-ion batteries, the Consumer Products Safety Commission Chairman Elliot F. Kaye said in a statement released today. In October 2016, Samsung Electronics Co. issued a recall for 2.5 million Galaxy Note 7 phones after almost 100 incidents of fires and explosions from overheating batteries were reported.
“As I have said previously, consumers should never have to worry that a battery-powered device might put them, their family or their property at risk. This is why we need to modernize and improve the safety standards for lithium-ion batteries in consumer electronics and also stay ahead of new power sources that will inevitably come along and replace these. Consumers expect more power from a smaller battery that charges faster and discharges more slowly. Companies are under a lot of pressure to meet this performance demand. CPSC and Samsung are working with the wireless industry, battery manufacturers and electrical engineers to take a fresh look at the voluntary standard for lithium-ion batteries in smartphones. Samsung plans to share what they learned from the investigation they conducted, along with Underwriters Laboratories and Exponent, which will benefit the entire industry – and the safety of all consumers.”
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