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A Tesla Model S erupted ‘like a flamethrower.’ It renewed old safety concerns about the trailblazing sedans.

One firefighter told the driver he was lucky he got out when he did, after the car’s motorized door handles retracted By Faiz Siddiqui Dec. 28, 2020 at 5:00 a.m. PST Seconds after Usmaan Ahmad heard metallic bangs in his Tesla Model S last month and pulled off a suburban Dallas thoroughfare, flames started shooting out […]

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Hyundai Kona EV set to stop sales in Korea following battery fires and recalls, report says

Local reports say Hyundai plans to yank the EV locally, but it’ll continue on elsewhere in the world. Sean Szymkowski Dec. 18, 2020 9:47 a.m. PT The Hyundai Kona Electric may face the end of the road in its home country of South Korea, as the automaker mulls ending sales of the car locally. Local news channel […]

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A massive explosion halted expansion of batteries for APS, but the company has restarted the effort

Ryan Randazzo Arizona Republic View Comments Arizona Public Service Co. is restarting plans to install massive batteries on the electrical grid around Arizona after a fire and explosion brought that work to a halt more than a year ago. The big bet on batteries came from APS as the company sought to get more of its power […]

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LG Chem Recalls Certain Home Batteries Over Fire Concerns

JULIAN SPECTOR  DECEMBER 03, 2020 The company acknowledged five “thermal events” in the U.S. that caused property damage, but no injuries have been reported. LG Chem’s Resu became a mainstay of the U.S. home battery market, but certain units are at risk of “thermal events.” Battery manufacturer LG Chem has launched a recall of some […]

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Chevy Bolt batteries were catching fire, and now there’s a class action lawsuit

By Andrew J. Hawkins @andyjayhawk   Dec 2, 2020, 5:36pm EST GM announced a recall of over 68,000 vehicles in November A class action lawsuit was filed against General Motors alleging that the Chevy Bolt’s battery is “prone to burst into flames.” The lawsuit comes on the heels of GM announcing that it was recalling 68,000 Bolts […]

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Call2Recycle Tackles Battery Disposal as Electronic Usage Increases Due to COVID-19

Megan Greenwalt | Nov 19, 2020 Besides the fact that electronics can take up space in landfills, electronics can be recycled as they contain materials, like valuable metals from motherboards and rechargeable batteries, which can be recovered and used in the production of new products. Batteries also present safety risks to people, property, and the […]

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Tesla Model 3 Crash Hurls Burning Battery Cells Into Nearby House, Starts Fire

Tuesday night, police in Corvallis, Oregon responded to an incident involving a Tesla Model 3 that was so severe it sent car parts flying hundreds of feet from the crash site. The driver was allegedly under the influence and sheared a power pole off its base upon impact, while fragments of the car were found all around […]

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Lithium-ion battery fires spark global recall of 68,000 EVs amid over charging concerns

Tue, 11/17/2020 – 09:40 — Paul Crompton The root cause of fires that pushed General Motors to recall 68,667 Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicles is unknown but “could be” related to overcharging the high voltage lithium-ion batteries produced in South Korea by LG Chem. Concerns the batteries could catch fire when fully charged has led the US federal […]

Utility and Misc

ISWA: Lithium-ion batteries and fire risk

In this special report, Jeff Cooper, a past president of the International Solid Waste Association and former producer responsibility specialist at the Environment Agency, looks at the results from a survey by the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA) and assesses some of its implications. The use of lithium-ion batteries is becoming increasingly common.  They are […]

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LG Chem hit by GM recall of Bolt electric vehicles

Shares in world’s largest EV battery maker fall 4% on reliability concerns GM’s recall is the second in as many months involving LG Chem batteries © Reuters Song Jung-a in Seoul NOVEMBER 15 2020 A second recall of electric vehicles using LG Chem batteries has put the spotlight on South Korean battery makers, raising questions […]

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GM Recalls 51K Chevrolet Bolts Because Of Battery Packs Could Smoke, Ignite

By CBSLA Staff November 13, 2020 at 12:03 pm https://www.cbsnews.com/live/cbsn-local-la/ LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Owners of Chevrolet Bolt vehicles were advised Friday to park outside and away from homes because of the risk their battery packs could catch fire. GM is recalling nearly 51,000 Chevrolet Bolt vehicles in the U.S. because the high-voltage battery pack under the […]

Utility and Misc

EREF survey aimed at understanding the frequency and cause of fires at waste, recycling facilities

Posted by Adam Redling The Environmental Research & Education Foundation (EREF), in partnership with the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), the National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) and the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA), requests responses from industry participants to a survey aiming to understand the frequency and causes of fires at […]

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Amazon Sued After Battery Charger Caused Fire and Fatal Burns

by Christina Tabacco November 12, 2020 The estate and relatives of a deceased Louisiana man, Archie Pickard, have filed suit against Amazon.com, Inc. and its affiliated companies for product liability. The complaint, submitted Tuesday in the Western District of Louisiana, Shreveport Division alleges that a lithium-ion battery charger sold by a Chinese third-party vendor caught […]

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Home-security startup Ring recalls doorbells that can catch on fire

By Noah Manskar November 11, 2020 | 7:37am A Ring doorbell camera (AP) Home-security startup Ring is recalling about 350,000 video doorbells that could catch on fire if they’re not installed properly. The camera-equipped doorbells’ batteries can overheat if the wrong screws are used to mount them, the Amazon-owned company said in a recall notice filed with the Consumer Product […]

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Electric car batteries are catching fire and that could be a big turnoff to buyers

By Peter Valdes-Dapena, CNN Business Updated 4:45 PM ET, Tue November 10, 2020 (CNN) Automakers seeking to forge ahead in the electric vehicle market have been hitting a bump in the road recently: batteries keep catching fire. At the end of September, BMW initiated a recall in the United States of 10 different BMW and Mini […]

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The explosive problem of ‘zombie’ batteries

By Ben MorrisTechnology of Business editor The stress levels rocketed for Ian Scott-Browne earlier this month, when one of his colleagues radioed him and told him to call the fire brigade. Smoke had been spotted coming from one of the sorting machines at the Smallmead recycling centre, just outside Reading in southern England. He knew […]

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BMW expands recall to most 2020-2021 plug-in hybrids over battery fire issue

By Bengt Halvorson October 19, 2020 BMW has expanded its recall of vehicles over a potential battery issue to most of its U.S. plug-in hybrids for the 2020 and 2021 model years.  The recall, issued for a smaller subset of vehicles last month, now has been expanded to 4,509 U.S. vehicles. That includes the 2020-2021 BMW 530e models […]

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Auto Makers Grapple With Battery-Fire Risks in Electric Vehicles

Incidents involving electric vehicles made by GM, Ford and others highlight dangers of lithium batteries By Ben Foldy Oct. 19, 2020 5:30 am ET Auto makers are confronting a new challenge in their race to sell more electric cars: battery-related fires leading to vehicle recalls and safety probes. U.S. safety regulators this month opened a probe […]

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Battery Fires Put BMW and Ford on Back Foot as EVs Take Off

By David Stringer October 15, 2020, 11:00 PM PDT Updated on October 16, 2020, 12:50 AM PDT  Companies join GM, Hyundai in having models go up in flames  Carmakers, regulators act carefully as plug-in offerings soar First, Hyundai Motor Co. made headlines about its electric cars catching fire. Five days later, it was General Motors Co. and Ford Motor Co. The next day, […]

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BMW recalls multiple PHEV models

Author: Chris Randall BMW again has a problem with the high-voltage batteries in plug-in hybrid vehicles. Due to possible impurities in the production process of the battery cells, there is an increased risk of fire in several model series. The total number of vehicles involved is 26,700 worldwide. One third of the 26,700 units affected worldwide […]

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