July 29, 2013 - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and CTIA-The Wireless Association are once again joining forces to help users stay connected and out of harm's way while using wireless mobile devices, batteries, and chargers. Wireless mobile devices now outnumber the number of Americans, with billions of calls made each year in the United States. While recent years have brought advances in the safety of wireless devices and components, it is still important for consumers to follow manufacturer guidelines for the maintenance of wireless mobile devices and batteries, in order to reduce the risk of an incident.
Lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries, which are commonly used in mobile phones and smartphones, hold a lot of energy in a small package. These batteries offer numerous advantages over other varieties of batteries, including the capacity to hold their charge longer and the ability to be recharged numerous times. Yet, Li-ion batteries are more sensitive to physical stress than alkaline batteries found in toys and flashlights and need to be treated with more care.CPSC and CTIA recommend the following safety steps for consumers:
In 2005, CPSC, CTIA, and the IEEE, a prominent technical-standard setting organization, collaborated on the formation of a mobile phone battery safety standard. This industry-wide standard for battery design and performance has contributed to a reduction in product recalls and an increase in independent laboratories testing batteries to the standards to certify compliance. Since March 2011, when CPSC first launched the open government, consumer product incident reporting site SaferProducts.gov, 61 consumer reports related to wireless mobile devices and their accessories have been posted for the public to view. CPSC continues to encourage consumers who experience an incident with their wireless mobile device or accessories to log on to SaferProducts.gov and report the incident.CPSC and CTIA also urge consumers to properly dispose of their old batteries and equipment. There are many programs around the country that recycle wireless devices and equipment: wireless carriers and retailers, electronics manufacturers, charitable organizations, and state and local waste authorities all offer ways to donate or recycle wireless mobile devices and equipment. For more information, go to www.gowirelessgogreen.org/what-you-can-do/recycling-wireless-devices.aspx.