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Schumer warns of dangerous cell phone batteries

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NEW YORK (AP) - A New York senator is warning that buying counterfeit or poorly made cell-phone batteries can lead to phones overheating and even exploding.

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer commented Sunday at a stop in Manhattan. The New York Democrat says problems most often occur when people replace batteries that came with their phones with bargain-priced batteries that might be counterfeit.

Schumer said there have been at least 60 reported instances of cell phone batteries smoking, catching fire or exploding in the last two years. He called on the Consumer Product Safety Commission to determine the full scope of the problem.

He noted publicized cases of a Minnesota eighth grader who was burned when a cell phone exploded in his pocket. He says a Texas man injured his ear in a similar incident.

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