KangerTech E-Cigarettes: Explosions & Injuries
By: Dean Law Firm
In the past decade, e-cigarettes, or e-cigs, have become a popular alternative to standard cigarettes. Marketed as a healthier alternative to traditional smoking, numerous Americans turned to vaping, the term for using an e-cigarette. Unfortunately, numerous e-cigarette users have reported serious problems with the devices in connection to their batteries.
The rechargeable batteries that power most e-cigarettes have been known to overheat, which has caused severe burns and explosions, seriously harming users. One of the leading manufacturers of e-cigs, KangerTech, is one of many companies facing lawsuits for the injuries caused by their products, as well as failure to adequately warn the public of potential dangers.
The dangerous nature of e-cigs comes from the lithium batteries and a frequent incompatibility with the chargers. There have also been issues associated with the heating element in the devices, which malfunctions, causing certain mechanisms to react and cause explosions or extreme overheating. There have been reports of e-cigarettes bursting into flames while charging, or exploding while sitting dormant in a user’s pocket. As one could image, any of these instances can cause serious injuries.
Victims of faulty e-cigs have reported facial burns, hand injuries, leg burns, as well as other injuries resulting from reactions to an e-cigarette explosion. For example, one victim reported that her e-cigarette exploded while she was driving, which eventually led her car to catch fire and caused her to crash. The FDA received 134 reports of vape-related fires and explosions between 2009 and 2016, and the number has only grown since then.
Although most of the e-cigarette malfunctions occur because of a charging issue, many explosions have taken place while the e-cig was not being charged. In fact, one study found that roughly one-third of the explosions happened while the e-cig was either in use or in the user’s possession, usually being carried in a purse or pocket.
If you or someone you love was injured as the result of a KangerTech e-cigarette, or any other brand, you may have a right to compensation for your injuries.
To schedule a free consultation with our Midland personal injury attorneys, contact Dean Law Firm.