E-Cigarettes and Fixed Airway ObstructionJuly 7, 2016 — Dozens of lawsuits have been filed by people who were injured by exploding e-cigarettes, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Last October, a jury awarded $1.9 million to a woman whose e-cigarette exploded while charging in her car. The lawyer representing her has filed 29 more lawsuits and is representing nearly 70 other people who are pursuing claims.

The lawsuits allege that lithium-ion batteries can overheat and explode — especially when they are placed in an incompatible e-cigarette or a charger that was not specifically designed to be used with the battery. Most of the lawsuits are going after smaller retailers and Chinese manufacturers of lithium-ion batteries, such as MXJO.

A lawyer in New York who represents a boy who was partially blinded by an e-cigarette he bought at a mall kiosk said:

“It’s an issue of the batteries being unregulated and manufactured haphazardly with poor warnings that never get down to the consumer.”

Earlier this week, The Tribune reported that a lawsuit was filed in San Luis Obispo Superior Court by a man who suffered 3rd-degree burns when his e-cigarette blew up.

The news media has reported hundreds of explosions. Most incidents been linked to “mods,” which are customized e-cigarettes. However, enclosed “pen” devices that resemble regular cigarettes have been linked to at least two dozen reports of fires or explosions.

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