Lithium-ion batteries have been on the public’s radar as a dangerous
product for some time now, so why are they still causing harm? For many
of us, checking the battery type isn’t usually our first move when
we purchase a new product, but maybe it needs to be. Using a defective
product, especially unknowingly, can have dangerous and even harmful repercussions.
The numerous product recalls and injuries surrounding these lithium-ion
batteries indicates a clear need for new and improved safety standards.
What Are Lithium-Ion Batteries?
Commonly found in home electronics, lithium-ion batteries are light-weight,
high-energy rechargeable batteries. According to an article in
USA Today, these batteries can be dangerous when poor design or improper installation
are unable to properly support the chemicals inside. When charged, these
defective batteries will heat, which can ignite the chemicals inside the
battery or short-circuit the device it lies in. These issues can cause
the batteries or devices to catch fire, leading to damaged property or injury.
Lithium-ion batteries have been used in many high-profile products, such
as the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, Hoverboards, and Dell notebook computers.
These recalls are reason enough for the standards for these batteries
to be reevaluated for the sake of consumer safety. In 2006, Dell recalled
4.1 million notebook computers in the largest lithium-ion recall to date.
Samsung Note 7 smartphones were also recalled after consumers reported
multiple cases of property damage and 13 reported burns. The company faced
2 recalls, first citing a design flaw in the smartphones and later explaining
there was a defect in the batteries themselves. One of the most publicized
recalls revealed more than 60 reports of the popular “hoverboard”
self-balancing scooters catching fire, leading to an investigation by
the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
The continued danger caused by incorrect production of these batteries
needs to be evaluated and measures need to be taken in order to protect
consumers from future injuries or damages. If you were a victim of defective
lithium-ion batteries, you may have a product liability claim and should
contact your lawyer immediately.
If you or someone you know has been injured by lithium-ion batteries, contact the Law Offices of Robert Vaage, today.