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Navy Bans E-Cigarettes Over Exploding Battery Concerns

The U.S. Navy is banning e-cigarettes and “vapes” following reports of the devices’ batteries exploding, catching fire and injuring sailors.

The U.S. Navy is banning e-cigarettes and “vapes” from its aircraft, ships and submarines after receiving multiple reports of the devices’ batteries exploding, catching fire and injuring sailors.

Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one was injured by an exploding e-cigarette or vape, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit and our lawyers can help.

What’s the problem?

April 18, 2017 – Malfunctioning e-cigs have forced at least one aircraft to land, started fires on ships and left multiple sailors with severe burns, according to the Navy Times. Vape injuries have occurred when the devices were being used, charged or replaced, or when they came into contact with other metal objects.

The ban took effect on Friday and comes as the e-cigarette industry faces increasing scrutiny over the safety of its products. Last year, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) prohibited airline passengers from carrying vapes in checked baggage, and from using or charging the devices aboard aircraft.

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration’s Center for Tobacco Products identified at least 137 reports of e-cigarette overheating, fires and explosions between 2009 and 2015. FDA received at least 20 reports of e-cigarette overheating, fires and explosions last year.

The e-cigarette ban prohibits uniformed personnel and civilians from using, possessing, storing and charging the devices. It will remain in effect until a risk analysis is complete.

The Navy reported at least 15 incidents from October 2015 to June 2016 where fires were started or personnel were injured from electronic cigarettes or portable vaporizers, according to the Naval Safety Center. It’s unclear whether the FDA figures include statistics from the Navy.

Eight of the incidents occurred aboard ships or aircraft, and in one incident an aircraft had to return to base because e-cigarette batteries were creating smoke in the cargo area.

In one case, a battery melted through the pocket of a sailor in a submarine and ignited after it hit the deck of the torpedo room.

In another case, a vape exploded while the user was attempting to remove its batteries, burning his hands and fingers. He was hospitalized for 2 days and spent 14 days on convalescent leave, according to the Naval Safety Center.

Do I Have an E-Cigarette Lawsuit?

The Product Liability Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in exploding e-cigarette lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new vape explosion cases in all 50 states.

Free Case Evaluation: Again, if you were injured by an e-cigarette, vape or other electronic smoking device, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.

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