Another Consumer Product Disaster in China: Exploding Mobile Phone Batteries – David Barboza

On June 19, Xiao Jinpeng was killed when his mobile phone battery exploded . Chinese and investigators have speculated that the exploding battery was a fake, but officials are worried that counterfeit batteries could have been exported.

From the International Herald Tribune:

After concerns over pet food, toothpaste, seafood and defective tires, China may now have to cope with another consumer product disaster: exploding mobile phone batteries.

Chinese regulators in the southern Guangdong Province, one of the world’s biggest electronics manufacturing centers, said this week that they had found Motorola and Nokia mobile phone batteries that failed safety tests and were prone to explode under certain conditions. [Full Text]

See also the Bloomberg report on Motorola’s repsonse to the explosion.

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