Endliss Technology is recalling about 367,000 of its Trianium lithium-ion battery mobile phone cases because the battery in the cases can overheat resulting in thermal runaway. This poses a burn hazard to consumers, the Consumer Product Safety Commission announced. The company has received 96 reports of the battery overheating due to thermal runaway, 10 of which involved burn injuries.
The phone cases were sold online on Amazon from September 2014 through July 2020 for between $30 and $100. The mobile phone cases were sold in black, gray, white, and pink, and the word “Trianium” is written on the back. Recalled model numbers include: TM000006, TM000007, TM000008, TM000009, TM000010, TM000011, TM000046, TM000047, TM000048, TM000049, TM000101, TM000103, TM-06A-4000BBLK, TM-06A-4000ROGD, TM-06A-4000WSLV, TM-S6BC-BLK and MTS-3000-BBLK.
Anyone who has a Trianium battery phone case should stop using it immediately and dispose of it in accordance with local laws on battery disposal. Contact Endliss at www.trianium.com and click on the recall link for more information and to get a free replacement power pack.
Lithium-ion batteries have been to blame for many incidents of fire and injury, including a fire that erupted in a delivery truck 10 hours after the batteries were transported from Sarasota, Florida, to Toronto, Canada in 2016 in two FedEx cargo planes.
The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), a United Nations specialized agency, requires lithium-ion batteries that are being transported by air to be tested for their response to vibrations, overcharging, short-circuiting and varying pressures and temperatures. The ICAO exempts low-production and prototype lithium-ion batteries from rigorous tests and only requires the batteries to pass a short circuit test. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has asked the U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration to seek changes in international regulations that would remove the exemption and require rigorous testing of all lithium-ion batteries since laws prohibit the U.S. from having more stringent standards than ICAO standards.
Lithium-ion batteries, exploding devices, and burn injuries
Beasley Allen attorneys provide decades of experience in claims involving defective products, such as lithium-ion batteries. We are handling cases involving serious burn injuries related to these batteries, including incidents involving exploding e-cigarettes. If you would like more information about lithium-ion batteries, you can contact Will Sutton, a lawyer in our Toxic Torts Section.