In May 2017, an Arizona woman suffered severe injuries when an e-cigarette exploded in her lap while she was driving. The 20-year-old driver tried to jump out of the truck but the flames spread, lighting up her pants and car seat, causing her to crash the vehicle.
“I opened the door and the whole inside of the cab was on fire,” said an officer.
The woman suffered severe burns to her legs and back, a broken pelvis, and broken legs.
The same month a woman in the UK suffered third degree burns to her thigh and legs when her e-cigarette battery also exploded while she was driving. The woman, who was traveling 70 km/h, narrowly avoided an accident “as the explosion rocked her car.” She was able to throw her jacket with the burning battery still in the pocket out of the window and pull over safely.
In other news, an e-cigarette explosion started a fire in a home in the UK after a 21-year-old man’s vaping device exploded. During the explosion the vaporizer liquid “fell to the floor and ignited.” Luckily, the police and fire departments were able to put out the blaze and all occupants escaped. The man suffered burns to his face and eyes.
If you or someone you know has been injured from an e-cigarette explosion or other lithium battery incident, you should consult an experienced attorney who can advise you about long-term treatment coverage, special insurance considerations, and compensation for injuries.