Lithium-Ion Battery Incidents Increase Steeply in Japan

Society

Tokyo, Jan. 24 (Jiji Press)--The number of cases in which laptops, smartphones and other devices with lithium-ion batteries became hot or ignited in the five years until fiscal 2017 came to 582, a survey by the National Institute of Technology and Evaluation showed Thursday.

While the number of such incidents totaled 70 in fiscal 2013, the figure jumped to 175 in fiscal 2017.

As nearly 70 pct of all incidents in the five years involved devices catching fire, NITE is urging users to be careful.

Of the 582 cases, 150 involved portable chargers, 142 were laptops, 79 were smartphones and 32 were motor-assisted bicycles.

Of 368 cases caused by problems with the devices, 209 involved products subject to recall.

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