Schumer warns of dangerous phone batteries

Schumer warns of dangerous phone batteries

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Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) is warning that buying counterfeit or poorly made phone batteries can lead to phones overheating and exploding.

Schumer, who held a Sunday morning press conference in front of a Best Buy store in Union Square, said the problems usually happen when people replace batteries that came with their phones with cheaper, bargain-priced batteries that could be counterfeit.

The senator also said there have been at least 60 reported cases of phones smoking, catching fire or exploding in the last two years. He's calling on the Consumer Product Safety Commission to examine these problems.

Schumer mentioned a Minnesota eighth grader who was burned when a phone exploded in his pocket. He also said a man in Texas injured his ear when a phone exploded.

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