Electronic cigarettes (commonly referred to as e-cigarettes) were designed to offer a nicotine fix without the side effects of traditional tobacco cigarettes. However, a disturbing trend has emerged involving these popular devices. Many e-cigarettes use lithium batteries due to their ability to store large amounts of energy in a compact amount of space. However, the inherent characteristics of lithium batteries can cause these devices to become a mini bomb and spontaneously explode or catch fire in your hand or pocket.
Poor design, low quality materials, and manufacturing defects of these batteries result in a condition known as “thermal runaway.” Thermal runaway occurs when the internal battery temperature quickly increases to the point of causing a battery fire or explosion. This can cause severe injuries, burns, and even death.
E-cigarettes are often manufactured overseas with lower manufacturing standards than the United States. Product design of these e-cigarettes can also lead to explosions. If the e-cigarette contains a non-removable battery, there is a much higher risk of explosion. Those designed where the batteries are removable and kept separately from the heating element are much safer.
If you, or someone you know, has been injured by an e-cigarette, it is important to find a skilled law firm with experience handling these cases. The law firm of Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Agosto, Aziz & Stogner and our attorneys can assist with your claim. Call us today at 713-396-3964 or 800-594-4884 for your free consultation.