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CPSC has no plans to change cell phone safety standards

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A FOX 4 story on a Samsung cell phone fire has recently gone viral.

The story recounts how a 13-year-old North Texas girl slept through the night while her cell phone smoldered on the other side of her pillow.

It’s thought that the battery overheated, causing it to swell and burn.

The phone manufacturer points to a warning that some users have likely never read, and now, there is new information from inside the cell phone industry.

There are billions of rechargeable lithium ion batteries out there, and the number of those that malfunction is relatively few in comparison.

However, FOX 4 has received hundreds of emails from people who tell a similar story, be it a laptop or a cell phone. The batteries are overheating and sometimes exploding.

Some may think that would lead to an industry change, and there was – back in 2007, new safety standards were set, and current legitimate manufacturers adhere to those standards.

FOX 4 spoke with the Consumer Product Safety Commission on Monday, and a spokesperson said it's their opinion that despite the many reports of overheating and exploding batteries, they don't see a need for a new set of standards.

They say what is needed is full compliance from manufacturers and good safety practices by consumers.

We pointed out in our FOX 4 story that the manufacturer did warn against keeping the phone in any space, like in bedding or even pockets, where proper ventilation isn't sufficient.

The CPSC adds that phone users should only use manufacturer brand chargers for proper voltage and keep those batteries away from pressure. So if phone users toss their phone into a handbag, they’ll want the phone to be on top.

Phone users should also curb exposure to heat, so leaving cell phones out in sun while at the pool isn’t recommended.

Phone users should also limit any contact with metal.

Additionally, if cell phone users drop their phones, they should inspect the phone’s battery if it is removable. Any nicks, dents or damage to the battery can cause it to split, expand and possibly explode.


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