CPSC Joins International Effort to Ensure Safety of Button Batteries
The Consumer Product Safety Commission announced June 17 that it has joined an international information and awareness effort to make button battery safety a global priority. Other countries participating in this initiative include Australia, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, the European Union, Japan, Korea, Mexico, New Zealand and Peru. The CPSC indicates in a press release that it has reached out to battery manufacturers and is encouraged by recent efforts that have led to new safety warnings and packaging changes. The press release explains the dangers of larger button batteries, also known as coin cell batteries, which can be unintentionally swallowed by small children and result in serious injury or death. The CPSC notes that coin cell batteries are used in a range of small household electronic products including keyless entry devices, scales and calculators.