Have you been injured from an explosive e-cigarette, cell phone, hoverboard, or another electronic device? All of these products have one thing in common which is lithium-ion batteries.
Initially, when you purchase a product the last thought on your mind is product safety. In recent news, the talk about dangerous exploding electronics might make you think twice before buying. The question on everyone’s mind, could this product actually be dangerous to me or a loved one?
Every year, many people are seriously injured by unsafe and dangerous products. Manufacturers and sellers of products are responsible to produce safe products. A defective product is one that is unreasonably dangerous to the user of the product, due to design or defect in the way the product was manufactured. While other products might be dangerous because they fail to offer adequate safety warnings. If you are injured from a defective product, you might be entitled to compensation for medical costs, pain and suffering, scarring and disfigurement, lost wages, or loss of a normal life.
Recent dangerous exploding electronics:
Samsung Note 7
There have been numerous reports of exploding Samsung Note 7 smartphones. The cause is due to faulty lithium-ion batteries that overheat and explode. In January, Samsung uncovered that separate design and manufacturing flaws within the batteries caused the phones to explode.
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Over 501,000 hoverboards have been recalled due to claims of 60 hoverboard incidents resulting in reports for injury and over $2 million in property damage. The lithium-ion battery packs in the self-balancing scooters can overheat, posing a risk of the product smoking, catching fire, and/or exploding. Click here for more details.
Millions of people use e-cigarettes worldwide and since 2012 there have numerous reports of e-cigarettes exploding causing minor and serious burns to its users. FEMA researched all the incidents were with the ‘vape pens’ or ‘twists.’ The reason for the explosion is most likely due to a rip, tear, or weakness in the lithium-ion battery wrapping. For more details, click here.
Why do lithium-ion batteries go up in flames?
According to USA Today, lithium-ion batteries have been used to power everything from jets’ electrical systems, to cars, computers and to smartphones. These batteries are attractive to device makers because they can store a large amount of energy in a small space. Without these batteries, there would be no smartphones, tablets, laptops, etc. These batteries are more energy-dense and the more energy stored the more dangerous that battery becomes. Due to high demand, these batteries are increasingly called upon to hold more energy which causes more heat. Most manufactures make the product safely, but poorly-designed, faulty, or counterfeit batteries can sometimes burst into flames.
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When you are injured due to a dangerously defective product such as an electronic device, you can count on Sam C. Mitchell & Associates to investigate and explore all of your options. Contact us today either through our convenient online form or call (618) 505-1660.
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