E-cigarettes are marketed as the safer alternative to cigarettes, however recent reports of e-cigarette explosions call that claim into question. Investigations have shown the battery in e-cigarettes is at risk of exploding, causing serious burns, fractured bones, loss of eyesight, and property damage, including house fires.
Why Are E-Cigarettes Exploding?
The U.S. Fire Administration reported 25 e-cigarette injuries from explosions between 2009 and 2014. The Administration has found the lithium-ion batteries in the e-cigarette to be the cause of the explosions. Lithium-ion batteries have a risk of exploding if they overheat. If a battery is kept in a person’s pocket, it is likely to explode because it may come into contact with loose metal objects such as keys and coins. These metal objects can cause the battery to short. If the battery is being charged in a USB port, it is at risk of exploding if the USB port puts out a level of current not compatible with the device.
Venkat Viswanathan, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, explains that the electrolyte within the battery of an e-cigarette is similar to gasoline. When the battery shorts out, there’s a surge of heat that causes the electrolyte to explode.
What Injuries Can E-Cigarette Explosions Cause?
When the exploding e-cigarette comes in contact with a person, it can cause severe burns. Some individuals have lost eyesight and fractured bones. When charging in a USB port, there is a risk that an e-cigarette explosion can cause a fire and damage property nearby. Further, the acid in the battery can spray over people and objects, causing burns and starting fires.
GoldenbergLaw Can Help
Manufacturers have the duty to produce safe, reliable products and warn consumers when they are not. It’s not right that certain e-cigarette manufacturers are selling unsafe products. If you or a loved one was injured by an e-cigarette, contact GoldenbergLaw. We are nationally known for our leadership in product liability.