Personal Injury

E-Cigarette Battery Explosions

Lieff Cabraser has represented burn victims across America in personal injury lawsuits relating to dangerous and defectively designed products. We are currently investigating multiple consumer complaints relating to exploding e-cigarettes and cigarette vaporizers that explode, often in people’s faces or pockets, causing significant burns and other 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 new models being produced at a rate of more than 10 per month.

The fire and explosion dangers relate to the vaporizer and e-cigarette batteries, lithium-ion units that can be overcharged fairly easily, leading to a condition where the batteries can explode without warning. With so many different e-combustion vaporization devices from so many diverse manufacturers on the market, research indicates there are numerous different possible causes for the e-cigarette battery explosions and user burn injuries. A 2014 U.S. Fire Administration report noted that many of the identified explosions occurred while the devices were charging. Other explosions occur after the battery seal ruptures, while still other incidents are seen as relating to the improper use of off-brand or cross-manufacturer chargers to power the e-cigs.

Users have suffered serious facial burns as well as body burns including severe burns to the groin area when the devices have combusted in clothing pockets. Complaints have been filed with the U.S. Food and Drug Adminstration, and stories of fire and burn injuries from vaporizers and e-cigarettes have appeared in news outlets across the country, including the New York Times, CNN, Mother Jones, NBC News, and MarketWatch, among many others.

Contact an E-Cigarette Injury Lawyer at Lieff Cabraser

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 use the form below to contact partner Fabrice Vincent, who has significant relevant experience in litigating cigarette cases, burn injury cases, and various electronic defect cases, or call Todd directly 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.

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