FAA Bans Some Apple Laptops from Flights Over Fire Risk

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced Tuesday it is banning certain MacBook Pro laptops from flights after Apple recently said that batteries in select units posed fire risks. The FAA said in a statement to The Hill it was “aware of the recalled batteries that are used in some Apple MacBook Pro laptops” and that it had informed major U.S. airlines of the recall.

 

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Battery Materials Recycling Market: Will Continue to Grow by 2024, August 5, 2019

The data collected in the “Battery Materials Recycling Market: Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends, and Forecast, 2019–2025” report (Sample Copy Here) offers detailed insights on the market dynamic forces to enable informed business decision making and development strategy formulation supported on the opportunities present in the market. Battery Materials Recycling Marketreport delivers the most up-to-date industry data on the actual and potential market situation, and future outlook.

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Report: New Lithium Mines May Bring Battery Prices Down, August 1, 2019

Automakers continue to express concerns over the supply of raw materials for electric-car batteries.

Bloomberg report suggests that might not be the reality at all. Enough new lithium supplies are coming online that mining companies are concerned about a price collapse. While automakers are preparing a raft of new electric models, they can't arrive quickly enough for new mining interests.

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Lyft Pulls e-Bikes in Light of Apparent Battery Fires, August 1, 2019

Lyft  is pulling its e-bikes from the streets of San Francisco, as well as from those in the South Bay Area in light of two recently catching fire. The first reported fire took place over the weekend, with the second happening today, according to the San Francisco Examiner.

“Out of an abundance of caution, we are temporarily making the ebike fleet unavailable to riders while we investigate and update our battery technology,” a Lyft spokesperson told TechCrunch. “Thanks to our riders for their patience and we look forward to making ebikes available again soon.”

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CALCE July, 2019 Battery Research Newsletter

More Li-ion Battery Fires Reported: This Time in Apple Products 

A battery recall and replacement program was recently launched by Apple for the 15-inch Macbook Pro (Retina). This recall involves about 432,000 15-inch MacBook Pro units in the U.S. and 26,000 in Canada that were sold primarily between September 2015 and February 2017. Consumers are being urged to immediately stop using the recalled laptops and follow the instructions to have their battery replaced. Consumers can determine if their laptop is included in this recall by checking the laptop’s serial number on the recall website. Apple has noted that each MacBook Pro will be examined prior to any service to verify that it is eligible for this program.

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This Teen's Vape Exploded, Shattering His Jaw, June 19, 2019

The 17-year-old traveled 250 miles with a bloody mouth, broken teeth and a hole in his jaw, trekking from a small town in Nevada to a pediatric hospital in Utah with his mother. There, doctors rushed him into surgery, working to reconstruct and repair shattered bone.

What he told doctors shocked them: The boy was vaping when, without warning, his e-cigarette exploded in his face. The freak accident, described in a case study published Wednesday, is just one of thousands in recent years.


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CALCE May, 2019 Battery Research Newsletter

CALCE Offers a Wide Range of Battery Services 

Batteries are still failing. For example, on April 21, 2019, a Tesla Model S burst into flames in a parking lot in Shanghai, China, even though the car battery was not being charged. Numerous Li-ion battery fires have also been reported recently that have caused severe injuries, resulting in substantial safety concerns for Li-ion powered devices. In addition, there have been numerous operational problems in batteries developed by some of the best battery manufacturers in the world, showing rapid end-of life and poor high C-rate performance. The question is how can we assess the reliability of batteries today?

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Vape Pen Explodes, Rips Away Chunk of Man's Face, Breaks Some Teeth, Lawsuit Says, April 7, 2019

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Twenty-five-year-old David Bishop of Cordova was at home one morning last year when he decided to use an e-cigarette before going to work. He placed the device to his lips and pressed a button to start vaping.

Suddenly, a lithium battery inside the device exploded, a lawsuit alleges. The blast blew pieces of the e-cigarette into the man's face, breaking several teeth.

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FDA Investigates Reports of Seizures After Vaping, April 3, 2019

After reports of seizures after vaping, the US Food and Drug Administration is alerting the public to a potential new risk and calling for people to come forward with cases the agency might not know about.

The FDA has identified 35 such cases of seizures -- particularly among younger users -- between 2010 and early 2019, it said in a statement Wednesday.

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A Man Dies After His E-cigarette Explodes in His Face, February 5, 2019

A Texas man died of a massive stroke after the e-cigarette he was using exploded and tore his carotid artery.

The Tarrant County Medical Examiner's office says that William Brown died in a Fort Worth hospital on January 29 -- just weeks shy of his 25th birthday 
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Why Safer Vaping Devices that Don't Explode Will Not be Available in the U.S., October 22, 2018

The first vaping products designed to prevent fires and explosions — and safety-certified by UL — are scheduled to hit the market in a few weeks. While these redesigned electronic cigarettes will be available in Canada, they won’t be sold in the United States. 
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Pegasus Airlines Flight Makes Emergency Landing After E-cigarette Catches on Fire, October 2, 2018

Pegasus Airlines flight from Istanbul to Paris was forced to make an emergency landing Tuesday after smoke alarms went off in the airplane's cargo hold.

Following the alarm, pilots of the Boeing 737-8 performed an emergency landing at Zagreb Airport and all passengers were evacuated. 
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300 People Evacuated During Fire in Stella’s E-Bike Battery Warehouse, July 13, 2018

It is known that e-bike batteries do pose a risk of fire, but when a full e-bike warehouse goes up in flames you have a serious problem. Last Tuesday some 300 people living in the vicinity of the Stella e-bike and battery warehouse which was on fire had to be evacuated. People complaint about irritated eyes while the fire fighters were afraid of toxic smoke caused by the burning batteries. 
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Man Arrested Over Southgate Tube Station Explosion, June 20, 2018

Witnesses described smelling "burning rubber" and seeing "six-foot flames" at the entrance to Southgate Underground station in Enfield on Tuesday evening. Police believe the explosion was caused by a faulty drill battery. The man was held on suspicion of an act likely to cause an explosion to injure or damage property, and endangering safety on the railway. The station was shut and a cordon set up after the explosion occurred at about 19:00 BST. London Ambulance Service said they treated three people at the scene for minor injuries while two others were taken to hospital. 
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Vape Pen Explosion Kills Florida Man , May 17, 2018

A Florida man died when a vape pen exploded, sending fragments into his head and starting a fire that burned most of his body, an autopsy report has said.

The case is the first in the US where a vape pen has been held responsible. The report said Tallmadge D’Elia, 38, of St Petersburg, was killed on 5 May by a “projectile wound of the head” after the explosion sent two pieces of the vape pen into his cranium.

He also suffered burns on about 80% of his body. Firefighters found extensive fire damage in D’Elia’s bedroom, where his body was discovered, but minimal smoke, the report said. 
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Fire Breaks Out In Airplane’s Cabin After Power Bank Explodes , Feb 26, 2018

The video captured on a mobile phone showed a bag burning in an overhead compartment before it was put out by a quick-thinking air stewardess.

The flight attendant managed to successfully put out the fire when she threw a bottle of water into the flames. A passenger made sure the fire was properly extinguished by dousing the bag with another bottle of liquid.

Fortunately, the plane was still grounded when the incident happened, but it caused a three-hour delay.

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