A lot of press has been given to exploding batteries in e-cigarette devices as well as the exploding batteries in Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 smart phone. However, the reports of dangerous batteries does not end with these two devices. Recently, several reports have been made of injuries sustained from the iPhone 7’s battery spontaneously exploding.
In October of 2016, the British newspaper Express reported on iPhone 7’s lithium ion battery catching fire or exploding after it started to overheat. In September of 2015, an Apple iPhone 6 caught fire in California. In China, an Apple smart phone exploded when it was dropped on the ground. Recently, in New Jersey, an iPhone 7 burst into flames causing a house fire.
In response, Apple has began investigations into the spontaneous explosions of its lithium-ion batteries. As reported in Fortune, a magazine dedicated to business, Apple is investigating the incidents amid its main competitor’s recall of its smart phone, the Galaxy Note 7.
What is causing these explosions? This has not yet been determined however, there is one element common in e-cigarettes and smart phones: lithium. The chemical lithium is utilized widely around the world in batteries. Lithium, contains ion particles which accelerate and can heat up with use. This “chain-reaction” is expected. However, the batteries malfunction when there are not sufficient mechanical safeguards inside the battery to prevent a runaway chain reaction. These safeguards are a result of poor manufacturing and testing.
Given the proliferation of IPhones in society, it is important to understand any potential harms. If you have any questions or have been the victim of such battery explosions, call the lawyers at Javerbaum Wurgaft, we are here to help.