April 30, 2018 – According to the lawsuit, which was filed on Feb. 6 in Sedgwick County District Court, Plaintiff was carrying the spare lithium-ion battery for his e-cigarette in the front pocket of his slacks when the event occurred.
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What’s the Problem?
The explosion was the result of metal from some of the other items plaintiff had in his pocket interacting with the spare battery in a way that caused a short leading to a “thermal runway,” according to the lawsuit. When this occurred, the battery ignited and burst into flames like a “flame thrower,” plaintiff said, causing chemical and thermal burns to his left leg and hands, which required skin grafts to heal.
In April 2016, ECigOne.com published a list of electronic cigarette explosions and related events which included:
- 45 explosions which occurred during use.
- 73 explosions during charging.
- 28 explosions during transport, storage or unknown circumstances.
- 22 events involved spare batteries for removable battery mods.
- 101 incidents resulted in personal injury or death.
- 67 events resulted in no injuries to people, but may have resulted in animal death or severe property damage.
The U.S. Navy has banned e-cigarettes and portable vaporizers from its aircraft, ships and submarines after receiving multiple reports of the devices’ batteries exploding, catching fire and injuring sailors. Malfunctioning e-cigs forced at least one aircraft to land, started fires on ships and left multiple sailors with severe burns.
Plaintiff in the Kansas case is suing the vape shop where he purchased the battery, as well as the distributor, VapeUSA Corp, for at least $75,000 in damages. He claims the companies failed to adequately warn about the risks associated with e-cig batteries, and did not advise consumers not to carry them in their pockets.
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