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CPSC Issues Another LayZ Board Hoverboard Warning, Multiple Recalls

A second house fire caused by a LayZ Board hoverboard has triggered another warning from federal authorities urging consumers to stop using that brand of self-balancing mobile device immediately. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued its latest warning about LayZ Board hoverboards Tuesday, Nov. 14, along with seven safety recalls for other hoverboards, all of which contain rechargeable lithium batteries that pose the threat of overheating, exploding, and starting fires. The CPSC issued its first warning about fire and explosion risks posed by LayZ Board hoverboards on May 1, after one of the hoverboards started a fire in ... Read More

Alabama Woman Says New LG Phone Burst Into Flames

An Alabama woman whose LG smartphone burst into flames is seeking compensation from the manufacturer, claiming the flaming device burned a hole in her living room carpet all the way to the wood floor beneath. Jefferson County resident Sharon Steele told Birmingham’s ABC 33 that she had the phone for about a month before something went horribly wrong with the device. “I heard sizzling, popping. I unplugged it and it got worse so I threw it on the floor. I didn’t want it to blow up in my face,” Steele told ABC 33. The phone burst into flames, so Ms. ... Read More

Soldier Shields Woman From Car Crash Explosion

A North Carolina woman was spared from serious injury or worse after a fiery head-on crash, thanks to the quick action of a National Guard sergeant who witnessed the accident. Charlotte’s WBTV Channel 3 reports that Staff Sergeant Cory Hinkle was driving home to Forest City, North Carolina from his National Guard Base in Charlotte when the car in front of him was involved in a head-on crash, sending smoke and debris everywhere. Sgt. Hinkle, an Iraq combat veteran, said his military training and battle instincts kicked in, and he knew the smoke engulfing the vehicle and the gasoline pouring ... Read More

U.S. Researchers Create Lithium-ion Battery Without Fire, Explosion Risk

Could explosive lithium-ion batteries and all the injury and property damage they cause soon be a thing of the past? Researchers with the University of Maryland and the U.S. Army Research Laboratory have developed the world’s first lithium-ion battery that uses a salt-water electrolyte and hits the 4.0-volt mark needed for laptop computers and other household electronics without the risk of explosion and fire that traditional non-aqueous lithium-ions present. “In the past, if you wanted high energy, you would choose a non-aqueous lithium-ion battery, but you would have to compromise on safety. If you preferred safety, you could use an aqueous ... Read More

U.S. Likely To Widen Laptop Ban To Flights From Europe

A ban on laptops and certain other lithium-battery-powered devices from commercial flights will likely be expanded to include some flights to the U.S. from Europe, despite heavy criticism that the Trump-ordered ban is actually endangering flights. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary John Kelly is meeting with airline industry officials and senators to discuss ongoing security threats and an expansion of the original ban, which barred lithium batteries larger than those used in cell phones from the main cabin of U.S.-bound flights departing from 10 Middle Eastern airports. The March ban stoked fears that travelers would be forced to pack ... Read More

Lithium Battery Supplier Sues Window Blind Company Over Fire Hazard Claims

A supplier of lithium batteries is pursuing legal action against a manufacturer of motorized window blinds, claiming the blind manufacturer wrongly blamed fire hazards in its defectively designed blinds on the lithium batteries. Power Cell LLC, doing business as Zeus Battery Products, sued Springs Window Fashions (SWF) in Cook County, Illinois, Circuit Court, alleging SWF based its February recall of automated blinds on Zeus’ lithium batteries, saying the batteries posed a “fire and burn hazard.” According to Courthouse News Service, SWF received a number of complaints that the batteries and their cases were overheating, melting, bursting into flames, and exploding. ... Read More

Lithium Battery Blamed for Yonkers House Fire

A lithium battery charging an electric bike caught fire in a basement apartment of a home Sunday, May 7, trapping and injuring two occupants. Yonkers Fire Department Assistant Chief Edward Cucolo told News 12 Westchester that the apartment where the fire occurred was not up to code for a rental, so the residents had to be pulled out through a window. Firefighters had to break the windows out of their frames to be able to access the residents. “The battery pack was in flames, and it spread to some stuff on top of the bike; and it started spreading to ... Read More

CPSC: Stop Using LayZ Board Hoverboards Immediately

A hoverboard fire that killed two young girls in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, in March has prompted federal regulators to issue an urgent warning to Americans calling for them to immediately stop using LayZ Board hoverboards. On April 3, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) said it has evidence that a LayZ Board hoverboard was the source of the Pennsylvania house fire, which fatally injured two young girls and left another one with severe burn injuries March 1. The fire also displaced about 21 people, local reports said. The LayZ Board hoverboards, which are a different product from Lazyboard hoverboards, were made ... Read More

Lithium-Ion Battery In Toy Starts Idaho Home Fire

The rechargeable lithium-ion battery inside a child’s toy was to blame for starting a fine inside a Meridian, Idaho home Saturday, April 30. According to Nampa, Idaho’s KIVI-TV, an Idaho family returned to their home in Meridian Sunday, May 1, to find it full of smoke. A quick search of the house led to a child’s bedroom where a small fire had broken out. Meridian fire officials said the source of the fire was a rechargeable lithium-ion battery inside a child’s remote-control car. A report on KIVI-TV indicated that the toy had been charging while the family was out, overheated, ... Read More

Aviation Safety Experts Say Laptop Ban Swaps One Threat For Another

An aviation safety group funded by the airline industry is speaking out against the Trump Administration’s recent order barring laptops and other electronics from the cabins of certain international commercial flights, warning that the directive introduces another potentially catastrophic risk of its own: the prospect of an explosion or fire in the cargo hold. In an April 7 statement, the non-profit Flight Safety Foundation says the order prohibiting personal electronic devices (PEDs) larger than a smartphone in the passenger cabins of non-stop flights headed to the U.S. from 10 Middle Eastern airports essentially swaps out one potential threat for another ... Read More