Our law firm has been getting many, many contacts regarding E-cigarrette (vape) explosions. Some of our clients have been severely burned. Some have lost teeth. Others have had permanent damage to sensitive areas that will affect certain relationships for the duration of their lives.
A California man suffered third-degree burns when the E-cigarette he stowed in his pocket exploded on a city bus in Fresno on Thursday. Flames from the explosion burned the man’s thigh and hand.
The 53-year-old told firefighters he could feel the device getting warm in his pocket and then suddenly it exploded. The incident is one of many that have been reported since E-cigarette sales began in the U.S. Some have resulted in severe burns requiring skins grafts, facial fractures, broken teeth, and in at least one case, the loss of an eye.
Just this week, Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) called on the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to investigate why these injuries keep happening.
Since 2009, there have been at least 92 incidents of exploding e-cigarettes, according to the FDA. But health professionals say the number is much higher because many victims don’t report the incidents.
“With any other product, serious action would have been taken—and e-cigarettes should be no exception. Despite the explosions, no recalls have been issued. It’s radio silence from both the industry and the feds, so that’s why I’m sounding the alarm. The CPSC and FDA should investigate and determine which e-cigarette batteries and devices are the most volatile, and require a recall to make sure these explosions stop,” Schumer said. The CPSC is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of consumer products and the FDA has regulatory authority over these devices. Both agencies should take quick action as E-cigarettes are like “ticking time bombs,” he said.