Lawsuit: E-Cigarettes Defectively Designed, Pose Danger to Consumers
FORT WORTH, TX. – A lawsuit filed on behalf of several e-cigarette explosion victims alleges that the devices are defectively designed and pose a danger to consumers, according to an online news report posted at wvrecord.com. The lawsuit pertains to the death of a man in Fort Worth, Texas, from an e-cigarette explosion, among other explosion incidents.
E-cigarettes have been marketed by their manufacturers as a safer way to consume tobacco, but a recently filed lawsuit says the devices have the potential to cause extreme injury, including death. Among the allegations in the lawsuit are those related to the death of a Texas man last month, who suffered a severed carotid artery during an e-cigarette explosion.
The lawsuit alleges that the e-cigarettes are defectively designed in that they accommodate batteries that are not meant for the devices. They frequently contain lithium-ion batteries that were rejected for other purposes, the lawsuit says, and then shops sell them as replacement batteries for e-cigarettes.
All batteries have power ratings, and the ratings are not clearly displayed on lithium-ion batteries in the way they are on standard alkaline batteries that people use in their homes. Low-voltage batteries can be used improperly in the high-voltage e-cigarettes, the suit says, and if the wrong batteries are used in the devices, they can explode.
Numerous incidents of e-cigarette explosions have occurred recently in the country, and several of the events have led to serious injuries. Reports indicate that two people, including the man from Fort Worth, have died from their e-cigarette explosion injuries.
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