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Tesla’s Futuristic Door Handles Blamed for Death in Fiery Wreck

The futuristic door handles on Tesla Inc.’s Model S are being blamed for a fatal crash in which a police officer was unable to pull a man to safety from his burning car. Omar Awan, a 48-year-old anesthesiologist, was driving …

Coast Guard Issues Safety Recommendations After Boat Fire

LOS ANGELES — The Coast Guard has announced new safety recommendations in the wake of a fatal boat fire off the Southern California coast that killed 34 people. The agency recommended limiting the unsupervised charging of lithium-ion batteries and the …

Charred Wreckage of California Dive Boat Raised from Ocean Floor

LOS ANGELES – A dive boat that caught fire and sank off the California coast, killing 34 people, was raised from the ocean floor on Thursday as federal safety officials said the crew had no night watchman on duty, as …

Lithium Battery Boom Hits Roadblock With Fire-Fearing Cities

The new era of big batteries has already drawn scrutiny after fiery electric-car crashes across America and Europe. Now, U.S. city planners are worried about the same risk of hard-to-control blazes as these power-storage units make their way into basements …

U.S. Push to Avert Plane Battery Fires Stalls Under New Administration

A year ago, the U.S. government was campaigning for an international ban on shipments of rechargeable batteries on passenger planes because the batteries can self-ignite, creating intense fires capable of destroying an airliner. “The risk is immediate and urgent,” Angela …

Fires, Injuries Caused by E-cigarettes on the Rise

Katrina Williams wanted a safer alternative to smoking, and e-cigarettes seemed to be the answer until the day one exploded in her pocket as she drove home from a beauty salon. “It was like a firecracker,” the New Yorker said, …

FM Global Releases Results of Warehoused Lithium Ion Battery Fire Tests

Lithium-ion batteries, so useful in smartphones, electric cars and energy storage systems, can catch fire and explode. The risk is magnified in warehouse settings where hundreds of thousands of batteries could be stored. Because of the fire risk, FM Global, …

Airline Industry Seeks Global Crackdown on ‘Rogue’ Battery Shipments

The world’s main airline trade groups and European and U.S. lithium battery makers are seeking tighter product-quality and sourcing enforcement, saying a ban on shipments in passenger airliners risks being extended to cargo carriers. Governments need to enforce regulations more …

Fire Risk Prompts Widening Ban on Smartphone Batteries Shipped Via Passenger Jets

Replacing your smartphone battery just got harder. Fearing cargo fires like one that caused a United Parcel Service Inc. freighter to crash into the desert near Dubai in 2010, at least 18 airlines have banned freight shipments of lithium-ion rechargeable …

Boeing 787 Fire Spurs Beacon Inspection Mandate From Canada

Canada’s transportation regulator ordered emergency-beacon inspections on most Boeing Co. and Airbus SAS jets after a Honeywell International Inc. device made in the country was linked to a 787 Dreamliner fire. Airlines must complete the checks within 150 days of …