New York Dems push for lithium-ion battery regulation after series of explosions and fires causes death and injury

New York Democrats are calling for federal legislation on lithium-ion batteries used in small electric vehicles and smartphones after recent battery fires and explosions.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand said: legislation Proposed by Congressman Richie Torres to regulate batteries.

The Consumer Product Standard Setting Act for Lithium Ion Batteries has been issued by the Consumer Product Safety Commission as the final consumer product safety standard for rechargeable lithium ion batteries used in personal mobility devices such as electric scooters and bicycles. “The risk of fire caused by such batteries,” the proposed law read.

Recent cases include children aged 7 and 19 who died in a so-called “fire blast” in early April 2023 after the lithium-ion battery in an electric scooter exploded.

at least 38 injured manhattan fire In November 2022, it was caused by what officials believed was a defect in a lithium-ion battery in a micromobility device. In an apartment fire, he seriously injured two people and five others.

In Kent, England, a man suffered “life-changing burns” from an electric scooter. caught fire Charging.

“Without federal law, many of these batteries would be produced across state lines, manufactured overseas, or manufactured in China,” Schumer said at a press conference. No,’ he said. CNN.

“We cannot allow defective or improperly manufactured batteries to continue to cause these dangerous and deadly fires,” Gillibrand added.

Fire Commissioner Laura Cabana said in the first four months of 2023, the city had 63 fires and five deaths from lithium-ion batteries.

previous report from CNN noted that the New York City Fire Department will respond to more than 200 electric scooter and e-bike fires in 2022, killing six people.

“In all of these fires, these lithium-ion fires, it’s not slow burning. There’s a lot of fire, it literally explodes,” Kavanagh told reporters. “Fires can quickly build up to enormous volumes, making them very difficult to extinguish and especially dangerous.”

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