Senator: Exploding e-cigarette recalls need to be considered

KNUTSFORD, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 05: In this photo illustration a woman smokes an electronic cigarette on July 5, 2012 in Knutsford, United Kingdom. Electronic cigarettes are the latest health device for smokers hoping to quit nicotine addiction. Earlier today a major security operation took place in Staffordshire, England, after a passenger on a coach used an electronic cigarette which was mistaken for something more sinister and a full scale security alert was instigated. The 48 passengers were later allowed to carry on with their journey. (Photo illustration by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

NEW YORK — U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer is increasing the heat on the federal government to consider recalling e-cigarette batteries and devices that explode and catch fire, injuring users.

The New York Democrat calls e-cigarettes “ticking time bombs.” He says the volatile e-cigs continue to cause injuries including severe burns.

Faulty lithium-ion batteries are seen as the likely culprits.

Schumer wants the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to figure out why so many devices from China and elsewhere are exploding. He says recent injuries are proof federal action is urgently needed.

Schumer on Sunday cited a recent Associated Press story saying the FDA identified about 66 explosions in 2015 and early 2016. The AP story said the numbers kept by the FDA may be an undercount.

The industry maintains e-cigarettes are safe when used properly.

The FDA says it’s reviewing e-cigarettes.

1 Comment

  • Jeff hog

    Another liberal talking out of where he stinks! First of all its not the e cigs that are exploding. Its the mods that have 18650 batteries in them, you know the ones that look big and your like what is that thing. They have tanks on them that hold the juice. Those are the ones that are exploding ALL due to user err. If these ignorant users dont know about ohms law your going to have these batteries exploding. They are using batteries that are not strong enough to fire a low OHM coil in these tanks resulting in heating up batteries and exploding. Do your homework clown before you start talking out of your stank hoe! E-cigs are those skinny little cigarette shape you see at gas stations and convenience stores. Those don’t have strong enough batteries or low ohm coils, THEY DON’T EXPLODE, Like i said its the ones that use MODS

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