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Samsung Note 7: Safety Rules for Lithium-ion Batteries May Change

Safety standards for lithium-ion batteries need to be modernised following a massive recall of Samsung Electronics Co Ltd phones after faulty batteries caused fires, a US government agency said.

Reuters

Updated:January 25, 2017, 2:58 PM IST
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Safety standards for lithium-ion batteries need to be modernised following a massive recall of Samsung Electronics Co Ltd phones after faulty batteries caused fires, a US government agency said.

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"Consumers should never have to worry that a battery-powered device might put them, their family or their property at risk," Consumer Product Safety Commission Chairman Elliot Kaye said in a statement.

The agency reached agreement with Samsung to recall 2.5 million Note 7 phones in early September. While most recalls have a "dangerously low" consumer response rate, 97% of Samsung's Note 7 phones have been returned, Kaye said.

The US consumer-safety regulator and Samsung are working with the industry to update the voluntary standard for lithium-ion batteries in smartphones, the commission said.

"At a minimum, industry needs to learn from this experience and improve consumer safety by putting more safeguards in place during the design and manufacturing stages to ensure that technologies run by lithium-ion batteries deliver their benefits without the serious safety risks," Kaye said.

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| Edited by: Krishna Sinha Chaudhury
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