Sen. Schumer Calls on FDA to Investigate Exploding E-Cigarette Batteries


New York Senator Chuck Schumer is calling on the federal government to consider recalling e-cigarettes.

The Democrat called e-cigarettes “ticking time bombs” and he wants the Food and Drug Administration to figure out why so many of them are exploding.

He said faulty lithium-ion batteries, many of which are made overseas, are seen as the likely culprits for the explosions.

A recent story by the Associated Press said the FDA identified more than 60 e-cigarette explosions in 2015 and early 2016. Schumer said the injuries are proof government action is needed.

“With any other product we would have seen serious action taken by now, but we haven’t seen a single recall for any brand of e-cigarettes,” Schumer said. “When we see several car accidents that might lead to trouble we see recalls. Why not e-cigarettes?”

The FDA said it’s reviewing e-cigarettes. The tobacco industry said the devices are safe when they’re used properly.

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