Compact electronic smoking devices, or electronic nicotine delivery system (ENDS), have been linked to property damage and personal injury after catching fire or exploding.
Injured users across the country have begun to file suit against several different parties involved in the supply chain.
These suits seek to hold the manufacturers, distributors, and retailers of e-cigs accountable for selling a defective and dangerous product.
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E-cigarettes have been linked to hundreds of injuries ranging from second and third-degree burns to life-threatening explosions. This has happened as a result of manufacturers using poorly sourced Lithium Ion batteries, as well as opting out of using overcharging technology.
Injuries have happened while e-cigs are in use, and even idly stored in pockets. The battery technology used in e-cigs is so dangerous, the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) has taken measures to ensure they are not used on flights.
Those affected by e-cig burns and property damage have begun to file lawsuits across America. These lawsuits claim that either the manufacturers, distributors or retailers of these products, willfully sold them a defective and dangerous device.
What causes e-cigarette explosions?
A vape injury or e-cig explosion occurs because lithium-ion batteries behave like “flaming rockets” when the battery fails. Experts say that the shape and construction of e-cigarettes make them more likely to explode and lead to severe injuries. While lithium-ion batteries are generally safe, because of the types they’re used in they can cause extremely severe injuries. For example, cell phones, laptops, and e-cigarettes all contain rechargeable lithium-ion batteries. People use these devices with or near critical parts of their body including fingers, ears, and legs. E-cigarettes and cellphones can explode in your pockets which can lead to first, second and third degree burns on your legs and torso from the fire that erupts.
What’s inside of a lithium-ion battery?
There are two electrodes inside of every lithium-ion battery. One electrode is positively charged (cathode) while the other is negatively charged (anode). The cathode and anode electrodes are separated by a sheet microperforated plastic. The sheet keeps the electrodes from touching. When you charge your device, the lithium ions are pushed by electricity from the cathode, through both the microperforation in the separator and an electrically conductive fluid and into the anode. This process reverses when a battery begins losing power—lithium ions flow from the anode to the cathode.
Small batteries like those found in e-cigarettes usually have only a single lithium-ion cell. However, larger batteries found in laptops have between six and 12 lithium-ion cells. On the other hand, lithium-ion batteries on airplanes may have hundreds of cells.
What makes lithium-ion batteries explode?
Lithium is a fantastic force for storing energy. However, the thing that makes these batteries so useful is also what gives them the ability to explode or catch fire. When released as a trickle, lithium can power your phone, cell phone or e-cigarette all day. But when released all at once, the battery can explode.
Most e-cigarette explosions are the result of short-circuiting in the device’s battery. This usually occurs when the plastic separator fails and lets the anode and cathode touch. Once these electrodes touch, the battery begins to overheat. Further, the solutions inside lithium-ion batteries are different from those in a regular battery because they are flammable.