Have you been the victim of an e-cigarette explosion? Contact our team of attorneys today!
E-cigarettes (also called “e-cigs” or “vapes”) are electronic, smoke-free, nicotine delivery devices. They work by heating a nicotine solution to the point where it becomes a smoke-like vapor. E-cigs are usually powered by Lithium-ion batteries, similar to laptops, cell phones, and other electronic devices.
These Lithium-ion batteries can catch fire and/or explode when they experience “failure.” Li-ion batteries can fail due to over heating, over-charging, over-discharging, short circuits, or charging with incompatible chargers. Batteries can also fail because of an internal defect, damage to the battery wrapping, or when a loose battery comes in contact with metal (such as loose change in a pocket).
Many e-cigs do not come with instruction manuals, and even when they do, the instructions rarely inform the customer of the potential dangers of using an incompatible charger or damaged batteries, or of over-charging/discharging or allowing batteries to overheat. It is both the manufacturer’s responsibility to educate customers about potential hazards associated with their products and also the retailer’s responsibility to educate customers before selling a potentially dangerous product. Negligent manufacturers and retailers owe compensation to any customers who have suffered damages and/or injuries as a result of e-cigarette battery explosions.
The most common sites of explosion-related injury are the thigh, hands, and face. Explosion victims suffer severe burns, and sometimes broken teeth and/or bones. Many victims of e-cig explosions have also experienced fire damage to their properties if their e-cigs exploded in their homes or cars.
As of May 2017, several people have filed suits against the manufacturers, distributors, and retailers of exploding e-cigs.