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Sen. Schumer calls for investigation into bad cell phone batteries

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(CNN) – New York Senator Chuck Schumer is calling for an investigation.

He warns malfunctioning cell phone batteries are exploding in people’s hands.

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY):  “Recently, there have been reports of a dangerous occurrence that is seemingly becoming more and more common. These batteries, cell phone batteries, are supposed to… When you have them in your hand, you expect that they’ll charge your cell phone — not explode.”

Schumer says 61 people have been injured or put at risk by cut-rate batteries from China and elsewhere.

He cites an incident in February where a middle-schooler’s cell phone caught fire while in his pocket, causing second-degree burns.

Schumer has sent a letter to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, calling for an investigation into the risk of such problems.