A Louisiana man filed a lawsuit in April 2020 after his vape pen’s battery exploded, giving him severe burns. The suit claims that lithium battery manufacturer LG Chem sold defective and dangerous batteries found in vape pens and similar smoking devices.
The man entered the hospital with first- and second-degree burns after he used his vape pen, with the burns covering 10% of his body.
This particular vape pen exploded during use, however FDA officials advise that malfunctions and explosions can occur even when the devices are turned off, stowed away, or charging.
Life-Threatening Vape Pen Injuries
Other reports of exploding vape and cigarette pens have popped up in recent years, with users suffering injuries like:
- First-, second-, and third-degree burns
- Broken teeth or teeth that have fallen out
- In severe cases, death
The FDA provides safety tips to help vape pen users avoid explosions and other malfunctions associated with the devices. The FDA advises users to stop using a vape pen if the device starts to become extremely hot, starts smoking, or begins to make sounds not associated with its typical functions. While the FDA provides these tips in an effort to keep users safe, the organization doesn’t recommend the use of vape pens or electric cigarettes.
Vape pen explosions and injuries are extremely serious. Users who have experienced a malfunction followed by an injury may be entitled to substantial compensation.
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