This year has been dangerous for consumers using electronic devices powered by lithium-ion batteries. Beasley Allen has warned consumers about the problematic batteries and how their extreme volatility is often the culprit behind the explosions and fires erupting from electronic devices. Overcharging, manufacturing defects and punctures are the common causes for batteries to ignite and explode.
As Beasley Allen previously reported, the number of incidents has spiked in the last two years with new incidents occurring at least weekly. This week is no exception with two new frightening events making headlines.
A passenger on a Fresno Area Express bus last week was warned to put away his e-cigarette. Moments after putting the device in his pocket it exploded while bus surveillance video captured the incident. Paramedics rushed him to the hospital with third-degree burns to his right thigh and hand, according to the Huffington Post and CBS San Francisco.
Just days later, WSCH FM reported that a Samsung Tablet started an early morning fire in an Indiana family’s apartment. Local Fire Chief, Christopher S. See, explained that an investigation discovered the device seemed to “have …overheated, swelled and ruptured near the battery compartment.” No one was injured and the damage was minimal, but Chief See warned others to use caution with all electronic devices.
Until defective products are pulled from the shelves and safer alternative power sources are made available, no one is immune from the chance that a smartphone, e-cigarette or hover board might cause painful injuries and wreak havoc in their lives.
Let’s hope 2017 is kinder and gentler to consumers and that product manufacturers are held accountable for defective and dangerous products.
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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.