E-cigarettes feature toxic ingredients and volatile lithium-ion batteries known to combust without warning. This lethal combination has sent many to the hospital with second and third-degree burns.
Lawsuits continue to pile up against e-cigarette manufacturers. Because of the dangers e-cigs pose and the lack of warnings, plaintiffs are likely to be compensated generously for their injuries. One e-cig lawsuit resulted in nearly $2 million for the burn victim. Other companies that sold similar explosive products have settled for large amounts, suggesting that e-cig manufacturers may do the same.
If your e-cigarette exploded without warning, causing personal injury or other damage, you may be eligible for a lawsuit. Contact us today for a free, no-obligation legal consultation.
VapCigs Pays $1.9 million to Burn Victim (2015)
Jennifer Ries was on her way to the airport when her charging e-cigarette exploded in her car. The explosion caught her seat and dress on fire, causing second-degree burns on her legs, buttocks, and hand.
She filed a lawsuit in Riverside County Superior Court against VapCigs, Cartons 2 Go, and Tobacco Expo (the store that sold her the e-cig). The lawsuit alleged that these companies were “involved in the distribution of a product that failed to conform to any kind of reasonable safety expectation—battery chargers should not explode—and failed to warn about known dangers.”
On September 30, 2015, a jury awarded Ries $1.9 million.
Vapex, Sinless, and Ozn Web Pay $1.1M in Fines (2014)
In Utah, e-cigarette manufacturers Vapex, Sinless Vapor, and Ozn Web were collectively fined $1.1 million for false advertising. State regulators accused them of falsely claiming that e-cigs were healthier than regular cigarettes.
Companies were also put to task for offering “free starter kits” to lure consumers in. Customers, however, had to pay for these “free” kits.
The Utah Department of Commerce received 89 complaints from Vapex customers and 94 complaints for Sinless for their false claims. The $1.1 million sum was split as follows, based on the severity of their crimes: Vapex, $822,000; Sinless, $235,000; Ozn, $10,000.
Fire-Prone RV Fridge Results in $36M Settlement (2016)
In 2012, a lawsuit was filed in California against Norcold RV refrigerators, led by plaintiffs Jeffery and Susan Etter. The complaint argued that the appliances could corrode, leak, and catch fire. A former employee revealed that fires were caused by a metal boiler tube that could crack and leak hydrogen and ammonia.
Some mobile home owners that used Norcold’s fridge lost all of their possessions when the appliance exploded. In October 2016, Norcold settled for $36 million.
Gree Pays $15 Million for Flammable Dehumidifiers (2016)
When China-based Gree Electric Appliances failed to report a defect that caused their dehumidifiers to overheat and catch fire, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) hit them with $15.4 million in penalties. At the time, this was the largest penalty the CPSC had given.
The faulty models were sold by Frigidaire and Kenmore. The CPSC estimates that the dehumidifiers caused $4.5 million in property damage in the U.S. alone.
HP Penalized for Not Reporting Laptop Fires (2012)
Hewlett-Packard was also penalized by the CPSC for failing to report a fire-hazard that sent some people to the hospital. By September 2007, the company allegedly knew of 22 incidents of its laptops catching fire because of faulty batteries susceptible to overheating. However, they continued to sell the laptops and didn’t report the faulty battery until 10 months later.
Eventually, HP recalled 32,000 lithium-ion battery packs and paid $425,000 in penalties.
ClassAction.com Will Fight for You
ClassAction.com has filed four lawsuits on behalf of e-cigarette burn victims. If you or a loved one were injured by an exploding e-cigarette battery, you may be entitled to compensation. A lawsuit can recover damages for pain and suffering, medical bills, lost wages, and more. Contact us today for a free legal review. Don’t hesitate; these cases are time-sensitive.