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Defective E-cigarette Vaporizers Are Exploding in People’s Faces

Defective E-cigarette Vaporizers Are Exploding in People’s Faces

Electronic cigarettes and vaping devices contribute to a $3.7 billion dollar annual industry, with sales expected to surpass traditional tobacco products within the next decade. As of 2015, there were more than 9 million adults regularly using e-cigarettes, as reported by a National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) conducted by the CDC. The study noted that nearly 1 in 8 (12.6%) of adults in the U.S. have tried an e-cigarette, and the percentage is even higher among individuals aged 18-24. Men are also more likely than women to have tried an e-cigarette.

E-cigarettes are marketed as a product that is safer and healthier than traditional cigarette smoking. That question aside, there have been a significant number of recent incidents where the vaporizers suddenly explode, frequently causing appalling injuries to users. The lithium ion battery within the devices can overheat when charging, resulting in the e-cigarette blowing up in people’s faces or clothing pockets and causing significant burns and related injuries. First marketed in the U.S. in 2007, it is estimated that there are more than 450 brands of potentially explosive e-cigs now available on the market, with more than 10 new units appearing on the market ever month.

Stories of fire and burn injuries from vaporizers and e-cigarettes have appeared in numerous media outlets nationwide, including the New York Times, CNN, Mother Jones, NBC News, and MarketWatch, among others.

Glen Stevick, a mechanical engineer and failure analyst and Berkeley Engineering and Research (BEAR), told BuzzFeed that “the real problem is that many of the e-cigarettes on the market today lack the electronics, both in the devices themselves and in the chargers, to prevent both dangerously high-voltage charging and equally dangerous low-voltage discharge. Each of these states – too high and too low – can ultimately lead to short-circuiting, overheating, and ultimately, explosion.”

Contact an E-Cigarette Injury Lawyer at Lieff Cabraser

Lieff Cabraser has represented burn victims across the U.S. in personal injury lawsuits relating to dangerous and defective products, and we are investigating multiple consumer complaints relating to exploding e-cigarettes and cigarette vaporizers that exploded and caused disturbing and often horrific injuries.

If you have been burned or otherwise injured from an e-cigarette or vaporizer explosion, we welcome the opportunity to talk with you about your case. Please fill out the form on the case page to contact partner Fabrice Vincent online, or call Fabrice directly toll-free at 1 800 541-7358.

The information you provide will assist in our investigation and our efforts in holding manufacturers accountable for these sometimes dangerous devices. There is no charge for our review of your case, and any information you provide will be held in the strictest confidence. Learn more about E-Cigarette Battery Explosions.