U.S. senator increasing the heat on the federal government to recall e-cigarette batteries and devices that explode and catch fire.
NEW YORK (AP) — 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.
Schumer, a New York Democrat, has called e-cigarettes "ticking time bombs" and said they continue to cause injuries including severe burns.
E-cigarette user Katrina Williams, a New York freight manager, said she wanted a safer alternative to smoking regular tobacco cigarettes and thought e-cigarettes were the answer — until one exploded in her pocket in April as she drove home from a beauty salon.
"It was like a firecracker," she said, as it seared third-degree burns in her leg, blasted through her charred pants and stuck in the dashboard.