July 7, 2016 — E-cigarettes manufacturers are facing dozens of lawsuits from people who were injured by exploding lithium-ion batteries, according to the Wall Street Journal.
In October 2015, a woman from California was awarded $1.9 million for burn injuries she suffered after an e-cigarette battery exploded on her car charger. Her attorney is now representing about 70 other people and has filed 29 lawsuits.
Earlier this week, The Tribune reported that a man from San Luis Obispo had filed a lawsuit over 3rd-degree burns that occurred when his e-cigarette blew up. Another lawyer in New York who represents a boy who was partially blinded said:
“It’s an issue of the batteries being unregulated and manufactured haphazardly with poor warnings that never get down to the consumer.”
E-cigarettes are promoted as safer than traditional cigarettes, and industry groups say user error is behind many of the accidents — for example, using an incompatible charger or batteries.
Several lawsuits have also been filed against Chinese battery manufacturers, such as MXJO, Sigelei, iPV Technology Co. Ltd., and Kangertech.
Most of the explosions are associated with “mods,” which are customizable e-cigarettes. However, at least two dozen fires and explosions have also been linked to “pen”-style vapes that resemble traditional cigarettes.
The FDA said it found 134 reports of overheating, fires and explosions of the devices in the United States between 2009 and January 2016. However, this likely vastly underestimates the actual number of incidents. eCigOne has found 173 reports of e-cig explosions in the news media.
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