Federal Safety Standard for E-Bike Batteries Advances in Congress

The House of Representatives approved the bipartisan Setting Consumer Standards for Lithium-Ion Batteries Act, which aims to establish a federal safety standard for rechargeable lithium-Ion Batteries used in micromobility devices. The bill, known as H.R.1797, passed with a 378-34 vote and now heads to the Senate. If enacted, it would empower the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to develop this standard, including requirements for battery related equipment such as chargers, cables, and recharging stations.

Q1 2024 Recall Trends: insights Across Key U.S. Industries

In Q1 2024, U.S. product recalls hit a five-year high with 909 recalls across key industries.

Companies are urged to prioritize product safety and compliance to mitigate risks. The full report details the types of products most affected and offers insights into improving safety standards.

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Strengthening Battery Safety: NY Senate Approves New Standard

The New York State Senate has passed a legislative package including Senate Bill S154F to enhance safety lithium-ion batteries. It has been sent to Gov. Kathy Hochul for approval, now incorporating the European testing standard EN 15194 alongside U.S. and Canada ANSI/CAN/UL 2849 for electrical bicycle system safety. Key components included in Bill S154F, allow manufacturers to use ISO 17025, ISO 17065, or OSHA-approved testing labs to verify compliance. Other measures mandate fire protection in businesses, warning tags on charging cords, a study on battery fire prevention, notices on e-bike usage, and an emergency response training program. Governor Kathy Hochul’s approval would make the legislation law 90 days after signing.

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