Japan calls for Li-ion battery redesign by Boeing to alleviate public concerns

By Adam Page
Published: Tuesday, 30 December 2014

The Japan civil aviation authority has published a report in which it calls for Boeing to redesign its 787 Li-ion batteries amid the ongoing debate over what caused the fires on airplane manufacturer’s latest model. The authority is, however, putting public opinion ahead of the facts as it concedes the aircraft involved in the January incident was never at risk.

The Japan civil aviation authority (JCAB) has requested that US-aeroplane manufacturer Boeing redesign the lithium ion (Li-ion) batteries aboard its 787s, which the JCAB says are responsible for three cell venting events since January 2013.

According to a new report published in December, airlines should "adopt the design changes which...

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