Standard safety rules for lithium-ion batteries: Samsung Note 7

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Safety and security standards for lithium-ion batteries should be modernized after a massive recall of Samsung Electronics Co Ltd phones post founding faulty batteries which caused fires, a US government agency said.

“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 stated 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 upgrade 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 included.

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Sameeksha Bhardwaj, From ITvoir News Desk

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