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E-Cigarette Explosions

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According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, at least 66 e-cigarette batteries have exploded since 2015. The FDA is currently reviewing e-cigarette explosions, but has yet to take action. Recently, New York Senator, Chuck Schumer, asked the FDA and the Consumer Product Safety Commission to “consider recall options.” He cited the fact that <a href=”http://www.wfmynews2.com/news/local/2-wants-to-know/lawmaker-calling-for-possible-e-cig-recall-after-explosions/376190796″>exploding e-cigarettes</a> have left people with third degree burns, blindnes, and face, mouth and teeth injuries.

Here are some <a href=”http://www.wfmynews2.com/news/local/2-wants-to-know/lawmaker-calling-for-possible-e-cig-recall-after-explosions/376190796″>safety tips for e-cigarette</a> vapers. Approximately 80% of reported explosions occur during or shortly after charging. The first tip is don’t buy a cheap charger. Pay extra for a charger that stops charging when the battery is fully re-charged. Also, don’t use a battery with a broken wrap. This will avoid metal-to-metal contact, which can cause sparking. Batteries should be stored in a case to avoid contact with metal objects like car keys. Finally, don’t use any USB port other than the one your vape came with when you bought it. Using USB ports on laptops and other devices is not recommended.

In the end, the safest approach is to avoid using e-cigarettes. In recent years, there have been many incidents of explosions and fires involving products powered by Lithium Ion Polymer (LiPo) batteries, including hoverboards, the Samsung 7 cell phone and e-cigarettes. Even the most cautious vaper may not be able to detect defects to his or her e-cig battery or charging device.

If you think that you or someone you know has a case involving a LiPo battery, including an exploding e-cigarette, please contact us at (866) 249-3164 for a free, confidential consultation. You can also request a free confidential consultation by clicking on our Contact form, which will be reviewed by one of our experienced products liability attorneys handling e-cigarette explosion litigation.

This blog was previously published by the author at http://www.phelanpetty.com/e-cigarette-explosions/ and has been re-published here with permission.