Chinese Fatality Raises Question of Cell Phone Battery Safety

The death of a Chinese worker from injuries he suffered when his cell phone exploded is drawing attention to the issue of cell phone battery safety, which seems to vault tragically into the headlines about every six months or so.


Official Chinese media has confirmed that welder Xiao Jinpeng died after his Motorola handset exploded in his shirt pocket. However, this Wired blogger notes that there's probably some credibility to Motorola's claims that the incident is likely due to a knock-off phone or after-market battery.


A report at Forbes likens China's problems with exploding cell batteries to other well-publicized product safety woes, but the problem clearly extends beyond that nation's borders.

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