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Man killed by exploding phone battery

Posted on Monday, July 09 2007 @ 10:02:13 CEST by

Last week a Chinese man got killed when his phone's battery abruptly exploded while in his breast pocket. Motorola announced it will investigate the cause.
According to a report posted by the Associated Press, official Chinese state media news agency Xinhua has confirmed that welder Xiao Jinpeng died from sustained injuries on June 19 while working at the Yingpan Iron Ore Dressing facility in Gansu Jinta.

Bai Shixiong, an official from the county public security bureau, further revealed to Xinhua that a Motorola handset had been responsible for inflicting substantial injuries that Xiao later died from while undergoing emergency treatment at a nearby hospital.

However, the outlining of Motorola’s product as the implement of Xiao’s death has not sat well with the American mobile phone giant. Specifically, a Beijing representative for the Illinois-based company has since claimed it to be unlikely that one of its handsets was the cause of the accident. The spokesman in question went so far as to suggest that perhaps Xiao Jinpeng had been using a fake Motorola handset and/or cell battery and not an authentic product.
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