Recent data released by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) confirms what Beasley Allen attorneys have been reporting for months – explosions related to electronic smoking devices are growing more frequent.
The FDA identified 66 e-cigarette explosions that occurred in 2015 and the early part of 2016, according to the Chicago Tribune. When compared to the 92 known e-cig explosions during a six-year period from 2009 through September 2015, the frequency of incidents is evident.
Beasley Allen has described how unstable the batteries in these and other devices can become if the manufacturing process is flawed, and a 2014 study by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confirms the volatility of lithium-ion batteries, as reported by Righting Injustice. The study suggests these batteries may be even more susceptible to explosion when used to power e-cigarettes.
The FEMA researchers reviewed fire incidents resulting from e-cigarettes and similar electronic smoking devices. Among the findings, they noted that “[t]he shape and construction of e-cigarettes can make them more likely than other products with lithium-ion batteries to behave like ‘flaming rockets’ when a battery fails.”
It is no wonder that calls for more accountability and government oversight continue mounting, too. Most recently, Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) weighed in, calling for federal government action to better protect U.S. consumers – including possibly recalling the dangerous products.
Earlier this month, Beasley Allen shared that a new U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) initiative will review the battery industry and specifically, the lithium-ion battery segment of the industry.
Looking at the intense photos depicting horrific injuries caused by exploding vaping devices should encourage consumers to exercise caution when using them. Until the industry and the federal agencies charged with protecting consumers offer safer products, please review Beasley Allen’s safety tips for lithium-ion batteries.
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If you would like more information about lithium-ion batteries, you can contact Will Sutton, a lawyer in our Toxic Torts section. He can be reached at 800-898-2034 or by email at William.Sutton@beasleyallen.com.