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Tesla under investigation on claim it throttled batteries to hide fire risk

According to a notice published on Tuesday, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has opened an investigation into Tesla over a possible defect in Model S and Model X battery packs that could cause “non-crash fires.” A defect petition submitted to NHTSA by consumer attorney Edward Chen prompted the investigation. Chen filed the petition on […]

Utility and Misc

After APS explosion injures 4 firefighters, Arizona cities enact battery storage laws for utilities, homeowners

When firefighters were called to an Arizona Public Service Co. facility in Surprise earlier this year for a fire, they didn’t know there were giant batteries inside, storing energy for future use on the electrical grid. They found out when they got to the scene, and conducted tests before entering the building. After firefighters had entered, the place exploded. […]

E-Bike & Scooter

Food delivery rider’s e-scooter catches fire in Sengkang

SINGAPORE: An e-scooter ridden by a food deliveryman caught fire along Fernvale Street in Sengkang on Saturday (Sep 28). Video online showed the e-scooter engulfed in flames with thick smoke rising. A man wearing a foodpanda T-shirt and carrying a delivery bag was standing nearby. The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said it was alerted to the incident at […]

Vape E-Cigarette

Vape pen charger explosion causes thousands of dollars worth of damage to California woman’s home

FRESNO, Calif. — When Kathryn Lemm of Kerman, California came home Monday afternoon she noticed something was off. “There was a weird smell, a strange smell, almost like a smokey smell, but not like campfire smoke,” she said. She called 911 as she investigated. “It got stronger and I kept walking back and I’m thinking, […]

Batt, Portable, Laptop, Phone

Galaxy Note 9 catches fire inside a woman’s purse

Since the infamous Galaxy Note 7 recall two years ago, a phone Samsung pretends it never existed, we didn’t have any battery incidents involving Samsung handsets. Samsung revised its quality assurance process for batteries after the recall, reassuring customers that battery fires will be a thing of the past. Most recently, Samsung Mobile chief DJ Koh told […]

Utility and Misc

DNR: Lithium-ion battery likely caused fire in Outagamie County recycling compactor

MILWAUKEE — The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is warning people about the dangers of tossing old electronics and their batteries out with your curbside trash or recycling. On Friday, the agency posted on its Facebook page that a lithium-ion battery caused a fire in a compactor box at a waste facility in Outagamie County. No one […]

Batt, Portable, Laptop, Phone

Coast Guard issues warning on charging phone batteries after California boat fire

The Coast Guard has issued a safety bulletin following the California boat fire that killed 34 people, recommending that commercial boat operators limit unsupervised charging of cellphones and other electronic devices. A brief, preliminary report on the Labor Day fire that destroyed the dive ship Conception near Santa Cruz Island was issued Thursday by the National […]

Batt, Portable, Laptop, Phone

A Charging Cell Phone May Have Caused the Deadly California Boat Fire

Witnesses and people who know the diving boat that caught fire off the Southern California coast have a theory Witnesses and people who know the diving boat that caught fire off the Southern California coast early Monday have a theory about what might have caused the deadly pre-dawn blaze: charging cell phones. The National Transportation […]

E-Bike & Scooter

A scooter exploded inside Dropbox’s San Francisco headquarters, forcing employees to evacuate

“We experienced a small fire at 333 Brannan Wednesday afternoon. It was quickly put out, no injuries have been reported, and everyone was able to evacuate safely,” a Dropbox spokesperson told Business Insider. “We’re thankful to the SFFD for their swift response.” The Verge reported that the San Francisco Fire Department (SFFD) confirmed an electric scooter caught […]

Utility and Misc

Fire at planned solar farm in Faversham could fill air with toxic gas

A catastrophic fire at what would be the UK’s biggest solar farm could see the air filled with toxic gas as far as six miles away, an expert in biochemical engineering has warned. Dr Bruno Erasin says a blaze at a huge battery storage unit forming part of the planned development on the outskirts of Faversham would […]

Batt, Portable, Laptop, Phone

Morning fire on St. Charles Street damages family’s home

The Lafayette Fire Department responded around 8:30 this morning to a house fire in the 100 block of St. Charles St. Emergency dispatchers received a call from a neighbor indicated heavy smoke coming from the home. Firefighters arrived at the home within five minutes, where flames were coming from the front door and windows. The […]

Batt, Portable, Laptop, Phone

Faulty MacBook Pro Batteries Face FAA No-Fly Rule

Following Apple’s recall of a number of 15-inch MacBook Pro laptops due to concerns over the lithium ion battery and the potential to catch fire, owners of any 15-inch macOS powered laptops face an uncertain and chaotic landscape if they try to fly with them. First up, a li-on battery fire in the air is a serious business and […]

E-Bike & Scooter

Lime bike batteries have been catching fire in Seattle. Should you be worried?

E-bike battery fires are rare, and far from the biggest threat to the micro-mobility revolution happening on Seattle streets. But while fires used to be discussed like urban legends, two incidents this week with Lime bike-share bikes in Seattle have renewed public safety concerns. According to Dawn Schellenberg with the Seattle Department of Transportation, these are […]

E-Bike & Scooter

Dramatic footage of exploding Lime bike battery highlights safety issues

Video footage of a Lime electric bike spewing flames on the University of Washington campus in Seattle this week is the latest in a string of battery-related safety issues affecting new mobility services. A Reddit user uploaded a dramatic recording of a Lime e-bike caught on fire at the UW Wednesday night. It wasn’t the only blazing […]

EV

Battery-gate? Warranty-gate? Tesla Under Fire, says Law Offices of Edward C. Chen, After Series Of Class Action Lawsuits

IRVINE, Calif., Aug 14, 2019 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The Law Offices of Edward C. Chen have filed a series of class action lawsuits against Tesla, Inc. for issues relating to the recent battery fires that have occurred worldwide and for Tesla’s used/certified pre-owned car sales. The first lawsuit, titled “Hugh Nguyen v. Tesla, Inc.,” case […]

E-Bike & Scooter

MotoE Suffers Second Mysterious Fire Of Season, Only One Bike Affected

A second fire broke out in the MotoE paddock over the weekend—but thankfully, this time, it was swiftly extinguished. The bike in question was that of Ajo MotoE racer Niki Tuuli, the winner of the inaugural MotoE race. No one was injured, and officials put out the fire almost immediately after it broke out. GP One spoke to […]

E-Bike & Scooter

Local governments are forcing the scooter industry to grow up fast

one are the days when tech companies can deploy their services in cities without any regard for rules and regulations. Before the rise of electric scooters, cities had already become hip to tech’s status quo (thanks to the likes of Uber and Lyft) and were ready to regulate. We explored some of this in “The uncertain […]

EV

Tesla Model 3 Blows Up … Twice … on Busy Highway

This past weekend, a Russian man named Alexey Tretyakov and his two children collided with a parked tow truck while driving down a highway in Moscow. Luckily, no lives were lost—Tretyakov reportedly is suffering from a broken leg—but the car wasn’t so lucky. Not long after the collision, Tretyakov’s Model 3 exploded. Twice. Teslarati reports that […]

Batt, Portable, Laptop, Phone

FAA Bans Recalled MacBook Pros From Flights

U.S. airline safety regulators banned select MacBook Pro laptops on flights after Apple Inc. recently said that some units had batteries that posed a fire risk. In a statement, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration said it was “aware of the recalled batteries that are used in some Apple MacBook Pro laptops” and stated that it alerted major […]

Utility and Misc

3 firefighters still recovering months after APS battery exploded in Peoria

The Peoria Fire Department has confirmed that all four of its firefighters are out of the hospital after a battery managed by Arizona Public Service exploded in Surprise back in April.  Deputy Chief Rob Brewster told The Arizona Republic on Tuesday that firefighter Jake Ciulla had returned to work while firefighter Matt Cottini, Capt. Hunter Clare and […]

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