The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced a public symposium that will address consumer safety concerns regarding the lithium ion batteries that power electric and hybrid automobiles. The symposium will take place in Washington, D.C., on May 18, and it will include presentations from the United States Department of Energy, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, battery manufacturers, automakers, and standards bodies about the recently addressed safety issues surrounding the lithium ion batteries. Though electric cars are an innovation that increases fuel economy, but fire hazard reports and recent recalls linked to lithium ion batteries have prompted questions about their safety. The symposium is free to attend, but pre-registration for this event is recommended because space is limited. Attendees can register at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website. The symposium will be held at the United States Department of Transportation’s west atrium, which is a handicap accessible venue. The symposium seeks to inform consumers about the safety issues regarding these batteries, and warning signs and appropriate responses for any safety issue that might arise with their use such as when electric and hybrid vehicles containing them are involved in a collision.
As a Roseville auto accident lawyer, I am hopeful that this symposium gives motorists information that improves their safety on the road. If you or someone you love has been injured in an auto accident linked to a defective vehicle part, please consider contacting a car accident attorney in San Jose.