Lithium batteries withdrawn following boating fires in France

Lithium batteries withdrawn following boating fires in France
Lithium batteries withdrawn following boating fires in France

Reports in France say that after a series of explosions and fires, the Prefecture of Pyrénées-Orientales in the south-west of the country has ordered the suspension of sales and recall of all lithium batteries of the ‘Energy Cases’ brand, marketed by SAS P.C.E, based in Perpignan.

The batteries were suspected of causing several explosions and fires that occurred over the past 10 months throughout France.

To date, the Departmental Directorate for the Protection of Populations (DDTM) of the Pyrénées-Orientales has identified at least six incidents involving the batteries. Included in this list was a fire that ravaged three 8m boats in the port of Lavandou in July 2020.

The Prefecture of Pyrénées-Orientales ordered the suspension of their sale in an order published last week, as well as a recall of all batteries manufactured and marketed since January 1, 2019 by SAS P.C.E.

The Prefecture said that “the company P.C.E has not been able to provide any proof of manufacture proving the non-dangerousness of its batteries and that it is unable to identify the origin of these incidents, and the batch(es) concerned.”

The company also reportedly continued to sell the suspect batteries while it was informed of the incidents that had occurred.

Registered in December 2017 with the Perpignan Commercial Court, P.C.E says that it specialises in the manufacture of electric batteries and accumulators.

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