Although many people begin smoking e-cigarettes to eliminate the dangers of smoking tobacco, many are finding that vaping is not always safe.
Recently, 10 Californians filed civil suits against the manufacturers of e-cigarette batteries alleging that the devices and the batteries that power them are unsafe and defective. Some suits also name the stores that sold the cigarettes, devices, and batteries.
Number of Fires, Explosions from E-Cigarettes Rising
The suits show the climbing number of fires and explosions caused by e-cigarettes. According to the Los Angeles Times, U.S. Fire Administration data found that almost 200 fires or explosions related to e-cigarettes were reported in the 2009-2016 period.
Roughly 33% of them caused injuries classified as severe. Slightly more than 30% of the fires and explosions occurred with an e-cigarette was in a user’s pocket.
Some observers claim that the batteries become dangerous only if they are carried in a pocket or other enclosed space along with keys or coins. Evidence provided as a result of the lawsuits may help determine whether this is true or not.
E-cigarettes have been available in the U.S. only since 2007. About 2.75 million Americans have used them since that time.
Story #1: A “Flaming Rocket”
One of the lawsuits was filed by a San Diego resident whose e-cigarette exploded in his pants pocket in 2017. The explosion caused second-degree burns to his thigh. They necessitated hospitalization.
His suit claims that the makers of the device were aware that it was prone to overheating, rendering it unsafe. The devices have been likened to a “’flaming rocket’” when they explode.
Story #2: Severe Burns from a Pants Pocket Explosion
In another suit, an e-cigarette exploded in a southern California man’s pocket one morning. He was hospitalized with burns across his legs and genitals. Seventy-five percent of the skin on his penis, for example, was burned. His attorney called the injuries “devastating.”
This suit names the e-cigarette’s battery manufacturer, the South Korean firm LG Chem, and numerous vaping shops as defendants.
Story #3: Jumping from a Moving Vehicle to Escape Fire
An Arizona woman has filed suit claiming that her e-cigarette exploded in flames while it was on her lap as she drove a pick-up truck near Tempe.
She jumped from the moving truck to escape the flames. The truck ran over her, breaking both hips and causing multiple other injuries, necessitating a total of 8 surgeries. Burns covered 6% of her body. Her rehabilitation has been extensive.
Injured by an E-Cigarette? Contact Edelman, Krasin & Jaye
As these three stories show, e-cigarettes are highly dangerous. They can cause severe burns, hospitalizations, and loss of sight or use of limbs. Exploding and burning e-cigarette devices can also cause other accidents, as the victims try to escape.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident involving e-cigarettes, call us today at 1-800-469-7429. Edelman, Krasin & Jaye are seasoned defective product attorneys. We will fight for justice for you and your family!
We offer an initial complimentary consultation to discuss your case and possible next steps. Contact an e-cigarette explosion attorney in New York City and Long Island today.
More information on extreme e-cigarette explosion stories:
- Fox 10 News. Woman Who Jumped Out of Truck After E-cigarette Explosion in 2017 Speaks Out.” February 8, 2018. http://www.fox10phoenix.com/news/arizona-news/woman-who-jumped-out-of-truck-after-e-cigarette-explosion-in-2017-speaks-out
- Hamilton, Matt. “A Glendale man burned his genitals and legs. The culprit? An e-cigarette battery, new lawsuit claims.” Los Angeles Times. February 18, 2018. http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-electronic-cigarette-lawsuits-20180221-story.html.
- Repard, Pauline. “San Diego man, others sue over e-cigarette explosions.” The San Diego Union-Tribune. February 21, 2018. http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-electronic-cigarette-lawsuits-20180221-story.html