E-cigarette explosion injuries are being reported throughout the United States and the world. These serious injuries may be due to various causes such as defective rechargeable lithium-ion batteries, faulty or malfunctioning e-cigarette products and insufficient warning and/or directions for users.
In 2014, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) warned, “The shape and construction of e-cigarettes can make them more likely than other products with lithium-ion batteries to behave like ‘flaming rockets’ when a battery fails.” Unlike the lithium-ion batteries found in other products such as cellphones, the lithium-ion batteries in e-cigarettes and vaporizers are positioned near heating elements.
There have been multiple documented instances where the rechargeable batteries used in e-cigs have exploded, causing significant injuries to its user. Many injuries occur when the device is being charged; they can catch fire or explode. However, they can also explode in someone’s purse or pocket and even while someone is inhaling the vapor from the device.
E-cigarette explosions have resulted in serious third-degree burns, eye, facial, neck, leg and other injuries to the user, as well as, property damage and injury to others in close proximity.
In 2003, e-cigarettes were developed in China and then introduced to Europe and the United States in 2006/2007. Since then, the popularity of e-cigs has skyrocketed and now more than 2.5 million Americans are users in this multi-billion dollar industry.
The e-cig industry remains largely unregulated with regard to product safety and standards. Currently there is a lack of e-cigarette regulations, however, this could be changing. Whereas cigarettes are heavily regulated by the federal government, currently only those e-cigs marketed for “therapeutic purposes” are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Product liability and personal injury e-cig lawsuits are being filed against manufacturers, retailers, suppliers and other third parties involved. Experienced users, both recreational and those who want to quit smoking, are getting seriously injured by faulty e-cigarettes. Beginners may not be properly advised or warned of the potential dangers or risks of these sensitive products and cheap knock-offs are being offered in the marketplace to consumers which include youths and teenagers. While users should exercise caution when using e-cigarettes, sellers, manufacturers and suppliers can also be held accountable for their actions.
Eglet Prince is currently accepting cases for e-cigarette explosion injuries. If you or someone you know is a victim of an exploding e-cig, please contact our Las Vegas law firm at 702-450-5400 or 800-450-5406 toll free or submit our online Free Case Evaluation Form. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit and our expert catastrophic injury trial lawyers can help.