Exploding GPS–Safety Alert?
A recent article on Insurance Alert shows graphic photos of the aftermath of an alleged GPS battery explosion. The subsequent fire then caused significant damage to the vehicle as you will see in the photos. I’ve never heard of this before but did find one other similar incident, details here. We all know how hot it can get on a car dashboard and a journalist with nothing better to do recently baked a tray of cookies on a car dashboard!! Temperature was measured at a steady 175F (80C) so I guess add this to the temperature generated by a battery being charged………? I’ve also found a few references to the batteries in mobile phones exploding and causing fires and, in a few cases, death? Seems that lithium ion battery explosions are real but very rare and happen as quality control slips and manufactures try to squeeze extra life out of smaller sizes and increasingly power thirsty devices. See this other article Summer of the Exploding Laptop. Anyway, here are the photos, source unknown?