A growing number of lawsuits have been filed by people who were seriously burned when the defective battery in their smartphone exploded.
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Warning: Be Careful Where You Charge Your Phone
Experts are warning consumers to be careful about when and where you charge your phone due to the risk of battery explosions and fires.
Phone Battery Fires & Explosions
Smartphones, laptops, tablets, and other electronic devices contain lithium-ion batteries. These batteries pack a lot of power into a small size, which makes them ideal for handheld devices. However, the benefits come with a serious hazard — battery fires and explosions.
What Causes an Explosion?
Phone battery explosions can occur due to damage, manufacturing defects, and more. They can also occur when the battery overheats due to a short-circuit, which is also called a “thermal runaway.”
The problem is that lithium-ion batteries contain highly-flammable chemicals. When the battery overheats, these chemicals boil and create a gas that breaks open the battery case. The chemicals leak out of the case and catch on fire when they hit an electrical spark.
Explosions involving lithium-ion batteries are often extremely hot, with dramatic flames and exploding chemicals. They are nearly impossible to extinguish until the fire burns up all of the fuel sources in the phone.
What Do Phone Batteries Explode?
- Design defects
- Manufacturing error
- Incompatible battery or charger
- Physical damage to the battery (puncture, crush, etc.)
- Using the wrong charger
- Excessive heat
- And more
Lawsuit Filed by Texas Man Burned by Phone Battery Explosion
In September 2019, a lawsuit was filed in Texas by a man who claims his professional basketball career was destroyed when an exploding LG phone battery caused severe burn injuries to his right hand.
The lawsuit was filed by a man who was born in Senegal, played college basketball for Mars Hill University, and then overseas basketball until he suffered hand injuries in May 2019.
That was when he claims a LG K20 Plus phone suddenly exploded in his hand, causing severe chemical burns, electrical burns, nerve damage, and muscle swelling. He was unable to fully extend his fingers, which made it impossible to play professional basketball.
The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas — In RE: Thiam v. T-Mobile USA Inc. et al. — Case Number 4:19-cv-00633.
Samsung Phone Battery Explosion Lawsuits
Samsung recalled about 1 million Galaxy Note 7 smartphones in 2016 due to a risk of fires and explosions when the lithium-ion battery overheated.
Several lawsuits were filed by people who were injured. At the time of the recall, Samsung reported that 26 consumers had suffered burn injuries. Phones also caught on fire inside cars and garages.
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