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By John Kristensen of Kristensen Weisberg, LLP posted in Defective Products on Thursday, March 29, 2018.
E-Cigarettes, Exploding Batteries, and a Defective Product Lawsuit

As thousands of smokers move towards e-cigarettes in search of a less harmful way of indulging their vice, it appears that making the switch from tobacco to technology may not be as safe as you may think. While it is no secret that e-cigarettes are in their infancy and, as such, there is no long-term research into the health risks involved in using one, one Glendale man recently learned that the battery could also be a source of incredible pain. In January this year, as Eric Howell got ready to leave work and head for home, the spare e-cigarette battery in his pocket burst into flames, severely burning his legs and genitals.

Two months on from the incident, as 26-year-old Howell continues to recover from his injuries, he has filed a defective product lawsuit against the manufacturer of the battery, LG Chem. This suit is just one of ten relating to defective e-cigarettes currently ongoing across California, four of which name LG Chem as a defendant.

Los Angeles Defective Product Lawsuits Involving E-Cigarettes

E-cigarettes of various brands and types have been sold across the United States since 2007, and the past decade has seen numerous injuries resulting from the use of these devices. There are currently around 2.75 million e-cigarette users in the United States and, between 2009 and 2016, 200 of their e-cigarettes were reported to have burst into flames or exploded, with many of these incidents occurring when batteries were carried in the users’ pockets.

According to a U.S Fire Administration report published last year:

  • Around 200 e-cigarettes were reported to have burst into flames or exploded since 2009
  • One-third of these incidents resulted in serious injury
  • Over 30% of the fires and explosions occurred when the batteries were carried in a pocket

Although no fatalities have, yet, occurred because of these e-cigarette fires, it should not take a fatality for the issue to be taken seriously.

Industry experts deny claims that the lithium-ion batteries are defective, stating that the fires are caused by users failing to carry or store the units correctly. Allegedly, the fires only occur when the metal parts of the battery come into contact with other metal items, such as keys or coins also carried in the pocket.

The outcome of these lawsuits claiming defective batteries caused injury are, as yet, unknown, but will be communicated once verdicts have been reached.

Do You Need a Los Angeles Defective Product Attorney?

While e-cigarettes are the subject of a number of Los Angeles defective products claims at the moment, they are far from alone. Aside from injuries caused by malfunctions e-cigarettes and vape pens, our defective products attorneys are experienced in handling claims relating to:

  • Dangerous prescription drugs
  • Defective medical equipment
  • Aircraft parts
  • Automotive Defects
  • Many more

Whatever defective product caused your injuries, you do not have to suffer alone. A Los Angeles defective products attorney can help you to recover the damages you are entitled to, and deserve. To schedule your free initial consultation, call us today on 310-984-1297.