A lawsuit has been filed against Tesla in the US alleging that a “defective battery pack” led to a fatal car accident last year.
Chicago law firm Corboy & Demetrio has filed a product liability and negligence lawsuit, alleging that a 2014 Tesla S sedan “had a defective battery pack that caused the burning death of an 18-year-old passenger”.
Corboy & Demetrio partner Philip Corboy claimed: “The Tesla S battery was prone to extremely intense fires incapable of being timely extinguished.”
The US government is forming groups of experts to study lithium-ion battery safety issues in manufacturing and transportation.
Transportation secretary Elaine Chao (pictured) is spearheading the formation of two expert committees on the batteries as part of a package of measures included in the 2018 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act that was recently signed into law by President Donald Trump.
In a carefully worded swipe at the European Chemicals Agency (ECA), Eurometaux’s Chris Herron (pictured) has warned of the need for pragmatism with regard to the battery industry— when it comes to creating a low-carbon European future with batteries at the very centre of things.
Don't expect a technical revolution any time soon to prevent lithium-ion batteries fires— that was the unspoken take home message from Knowledge Foundation’s conference last week.
The small but highly influential battery safety meeting in Bethesda Washington heard when it comes to travel, lithium-ion is definitely taking the slow route to the west.
The battery fire that led to the grounding of Boeing’s Dreamliner fleet last year was caused by inadequate design and testing, according to the final report by the US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).
The lithium-ion battery fire occurred on January 7, 2013 on a Japan Airlines 787 Dreamliner while the plane sat at Boston’s Logan International Airport.
UK-based Porvair Filtration (Porvair) has developed flame arrestor vents with super hydrophobic Vyon materials to safeguard potential explosions in lead-acid batteries.
According to Porvair, the super hydrophobic material is resistant to most acid, organic chemicals and temperatures up to 110ºC while offering chemical capability. They are designed to reduce the risk of acid spillage and to release excess gas from lead-acid batteries during operating cycles and prevent flame ingress into the battery.