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E-Cigarette “Vape” Explosion Lawsuits

Serious Injuries Caused by Exploding Electronic Cigarettes — Call (855) 809-7080

Electronic cigarettes, better known as “E-Cigs” or “Vapes,” entered the mainstream U.S. market in 2007. Marketed as a healthier alternative to traditional cigarettes, electronic cigarettes constitute a multi-billion dollar industry, with more the 2.4 million users. Yet this industry is largely unregulated. And this lack of regulation has led to devastating consequences: electronic cigarettes, e-cigs, or vapes may explode during normal use.

According to a 2014 report published by the U.S. Fire Administration (“FEMA”), more than twenty-five separate incidents of explosion and fire involving an e-cigarette were reported between 2009 and 2014. But this number greatly underreports the number of incidents, which some put in the hundreds. These explosions can happen without warning—even when the e-cigarette is or isn’t being used.

Some reports concern e-cigarettes exploding in the pocket of the user. Others, exploding in the user’s mouth. Either is unacceptable, and can cause devastating injuries or even death. Many of these incidents are caught on video.

E-cigarettes, which range in price from around $10 to $300, come in two primary forms: enclosed “pen” devices that resemble a regular cigarette, and larger “mods,” which allow users to modify and customize them. They are fairly simple devices: a heating element, like a lithium-ion battery, vaporizes the liquid solution (the “juice” or “vape juice” in the atomizing cartage. Some have an on/off switch; others heat automatically when the user takes a drag.

Put Experience on Your Side

labeled diagram of E-cigarette

Experts have explained that the electrolyte inside the battery is basically the equivalent of gasoline. So when these batteries, or heat source, shorts out, there's a surge of heat that causes this flammable electrolyte to combust and explode.

A device intended to be placed in a person’s hand, pocket, or mouth should not be able to unexpectedly explode. If it can, it is defective.

The Simon Law Firm is currently pursuing claims on behalf of those injured by exploding e-cigarettes. If you have been harmed due to a defective e-cigarette explosion, you are not alone. And you have legal options.

The Simon Law Firm, P.C. has extensive experience in pursuing product liability lawsuits. We stand by your side and guide you through system so you can move forward with your life and be adequately compensated for your losses.

Ready to begin? Contact us today for a free case evaluation.