Within the last few years, electronic cigarette (E-cigarette) and vape pen use has skyrocketed nationwide, especially among young adults. Research has shown that over 10 million Americans currently use these devices.
These e-cigarette products are continuously marketed and advertised as being safe. E-cigarettes and vape pens, however, are not as safe as they seem. For instance, on January 29th of this year, in Texas, a 24-year-old man was reportedly killed after an e-cigarette exploded in his mouth during use. That same day, but in New York state, a 27-year-old victim suffered from severe burns after an e-cigarette exploded in his pants pocket, causing first and second-degree burns to his left leg. These are just two recent examples of the thousands of reported cases of E-cigarette and vape explosions, which have caused hundreds of victims to suffer from permanent injuries and even death. According to one study, between 2015 and 2017, there were over 2,000 incidents of exploding e-cigarettes in the United States.
Why Do These Explosions Occur?
Most of these devices use rechargeable lithium-ion batteries as the devices’ power source. These batteries are usually manufactured in countries with little regulation and weak quality control standards, resulting in the creation of poorly made lithium-ion batteries prone to malfunction and/or explosion. Also, while products outside of the vaping industry have experienced problems associated with exploding lithium-ion batteries, according to the U.S. Fire Administration, “no other consumer product places a battery with a known explosion hazard such as this in such proximity to the human body.”
If you or a loved one have been severely injured from an e-cigarette or vape-pen explosion, contact Alan Ripka & Associates. Alan Ripka Esq. and his professional team of lawyers are currently investigating cases involving these lithium-ion powered products. Ripka has fought against large companies in other matters and will fight for you if he believes you have a potential case for medical malpractice, products liability, personal injury, and is prepared to go to court and have a trial if necessary. Call Alan Ripka & Associates at (212) 557-4777 or fill out our contact form. Our experienced team is here to evaluate your situation and determine the next steps to gain justice for you and your family.