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PRBA Statement on the Safety of Lithium Ion Batteries



            PRBA Statement on the Safety of Lithium Ion Batteries

PR Newswire

WASHINGTON, Feb. 5, 2013

WASHINGTON, Feb. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following statements
can be attributed to PRBA Executive Director George Kerchner:

News stories that equate cargo shipments of lithium ion batteries with those
lithium ion batteries used to power aircraft are fundamentally wrong and
mislead the public. Misinformation about lithium ion batteries abounds.
Allegations are often repeated without any understanding of the facts. That's
why it is absolutely critical to understand the world of difference between
the millions and millions of lithium ion batteries and products containing
them that are safely packaged and transported on aircraft every year and the
much larger lithium ion aircraft batteries that were actively being used as a
power source onboard Boeing's Dreamliner during the recently reported
incidents. 

The batteries on the Dreamliner actively charge and discharge on the aircraft.
As investigators are learning, these batteries are part of an extremely
complex aircraft electrical system involving wiring, chargers, monitors and
controlling units, to name just a few. Lithium ion batteries and the products
containing them, as well as aircraft batteries, are not charged and discharged
during transport and must be packaged, labeled and shipped in accordance with
robust international transportation regulations that became effective this
year and are typically more stringent than previous U.S. Department of
Transportation requirements. 

We continue to await the results of complete investigations in Japan and the
United States. It is clear these investigations will take more time than was
originally envisioned. We caution against a rush to judgment about the general
safety of lithium ion batteries until all the facts are in and investigators
can provide the answers to questions about the Dreamliner incidents.

About PRBA

PRBA members power the consumer electronics revolution. We deliver a safe,
efficient, and essential power source for portable electronic equipment such
as notebook computers, cell phones, power tools, PDAs, and MP3 players, as
well as hybrid and electric vehicles and containerized lithium ion battery
stationary systems. PRBA members produce approximately 70 percent of the
world's lithium ion cells and account for billions of dollars in annual
worldwide sales. With more than 70 members, PRBA is widely recognized as the
nation's authoritative source for information on rechargeable batteries. Visit
PRBA online at www.PRBA.org.

SOURCE PRBA - The Rechargeable Battery Association

Contact: W. John Moore, +1-202.683.3110
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