Four separate e-cigarette lawsuits have been filed on behalf of e-cigarette users who suffered severe burns and other injuries from the product’s lithium ion battery. One lawsuit involved a California man who alleges suffering second- and third-degree burns on his thumbs and his left leg when an e-cigarette battery exploded in his pocket. The e-cigarette injury lawsuits join a growing number of complaints being filed nationwide against e-cigarette manufacturers and retailers by users who allege they suffered serious injuries due to the products exploding.
According to news reports, a Bakersfield, California man claimed he suffered injuries to his mouth, tongue and left index finger in October when the e-cigarette he started to inhale, exploded near his face. A complaint of another Bakersfield man said his leg was burned in September when an e-cigarette battery exploded in his pocket. Additionally, an Orange County, California man alleged an e-cigarette exploded near his face in February 2015 and blasted a large hole in his cheek.
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E-cigarette products have become popular since its debut on the U.S. market in 2007. An e-cigarette is powered by a lithium-ion battery and simulates cigarette smoking by producing a heated vapor of liquid nicotine which the smoker inhales. According to a U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) report, 25 incidents of explosion or fire involving e-cigarettes were reported between 2009 and 2014. Of the 25 incidents, nine involved injuries. Due to their shape, e-cigarettes are more likely than other products with lithium batteries to act like “flaming rockets” when a battery fails.
In July, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an “advance notice of proposed rulemaking” for electronic tobacco products, which are not regulated by any federal agency. The FDA said it was seeking comments, data, research results and other information to determine the actions it might take regarding nicotine exposure warnings, and child-resistance packaging for liquid nicotine and nicotine-containing e-liquids that are made or derived from tobacco and intended for human consumption.
E-cigarette lawsuits being filed allegs such serious injuries as severe burns on the users’ face, mouth, hands, legs, and other body parts due to the e-cigarettes or their lithium ion-battery exploding.The complaints purport the devices are defective and e-cigarette manufacturers and retailers fail to properly warn about the dangers of the electronic products. In October, a Riverside County Superior Court jury awarded a California woman $1.9 million after she sustained second-degree burns when the battery she was charging in her vehicle exploded.
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