E-cigarettes contain a heating element to vaporize a liquid solution. The power source for the devices are cylindrical lithium-ion batteries, which are typically made in China. Unlike the flat lithium-ion batteries found in cell phones and laptops, these batteries are made into a metal tube. Alternating layers of metallic anode and cathode material separated by a porous film that holds a flammable, liquid electrolyte are rolled up and placed into a cylindrical metal tube.
Defective Chinese e-cigarette batteries have been exploding and causing serious burn injuries. Two such Virginia e-cigarette lawsuits have recently been filed by Phelan Petty, PLC in Central Virginia. In one, a woman charged her e-cigarette as she had done many times (an in accordance with the user instructions). When she grabbed the device and unplugged the USB charging cord from the device, the battery at the bottom of the tube exploded and shot out of the bottom of the device onto her lap. This caused serious second degree burns to both legs.
In a second case, a man was carrying his e-cig battery in his jeans pocket. There was nothing else in the pocket with the battery. The battery exploded and flames shot up out of the pocket to the man’s shoulder level. The fire spread across the front of his pants and caused second and third degree burns of his legs and genitals.
According to a comprehensive list of e-cigarette battery explosions posted by eCig One, the number of explosions is under-reported and is on the rise.
The experienced products liability attorneys at Phelan Petty, PLC are investigating e-cigarette battery explosions cases and would be honored to review your case. If you or a loved one has been burned by a defective e-cigarette battery, call us today at 804-980-7100 or toll free at 866-249-3164 for a free, confidential consultation. You may also request a free consultation by clicking on our Contact form, which will be reviewed by one of our e-cigarette lawsuit attorneys. Thanks for visiting our blog.