Schumer Warns of Dangers of Knock-Off Cell Batteries
Monday, June 24, 2013
New York Senator Chuck Schumer is warning about the dangers of buying counterfeit or poorly made cell-phone battery. The cheap cells can lead to phones overheating and even exploding.
U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer said Sunday that problems most often occur when people replace factory approved batteries that came with their phones with bargain-priced batteries that might be counterfeit.
Schumer said there have been at least 60 reported instances of cell phone potteries smoking, catching fire or exploding in the last two years. He called on the Consumer Product Safety Commission to determine the full scope of the problem.
He noted publicized cases of a Minnesota eighth grader who was burned when a cell phone exploded in his pocket. He saysa Texas man injured his ear in a similar incident.
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