Is E-Cigarette Explosion to Blame for Crash?
Is E-Cigarette Explosion to Blame for Crash?

An e-cigarette explosion caused a car accident in Arizona on Tuesday. According to police, a woman was backing out of her driveway in Tempe when her e-cigarette exploded and caught fire in her lap. The 20-year-old woman jumped out of her vehicle while it was still in gear. The SUV then jumped a curb and crashed into a tree.

The driver was taken to the hospital for burns and broken bones. The vehicle apparently ran over her legs, causing her to break both her hips.

E-Cigarette Explosions a Common Cause of Injury

It isn’t clear what caused this woman’s cigarette to explode, but these incidents are not uncommon. There have been 214 reported e-cigarette explosions as of this January, according to Of those, 137 resulted in injury or death.

Safety Tips for Avoiding an E-Cigarette Explosion

Follow these 5 steps to avoid an e-cigarette explosion:

  1. Only purchase batteries made by reliable brands. Cheap knock-offs are likely not subject to regulations and testing, making them more likely to explode.
  2. Only use the charger specifically designed for your device.
  3. Follow the battery charging guidelines, and never leave your charging device unattended.
  4. Don’t carry your e-cigarette batteries with your keys or loose change. Contact with metal objects can cause your battery to short, which can lead to an explosion. Safely of any batteries that appear damaged.
  5. Don’t overcharge your device. Remove it from the charger once it reaches 100%.

“Our prayers are with the woman injured in this incident, who suffered serious injuries from an exploding e-cigarette. Consumers need to exercise extreme caution when using these devices,” said Attorney Walter Clark, founder of Walter Clark Legal Group.

Our firm has been handling personal injury cases throughout the California Low Desert and High Desert communities for over 30 years. With a 95% success rate, the California personal injury attorneys at Walter Clark Legal Group will fight to hold those responsible for your loss accountable and win compensation to cover medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. If you have been injured in an auto accident and want to discuss your legal options, contact us today for a free consultation with an experienced personal injury lawyer. We have offices in Indio, Rancho Mirage, Victorville, and Yucca Valley and represent clients through the entire California Low Desert and High Desert communities.

DISCLAIMER: The Walter Clark Legal Group blog is intended for general information purposes only and is not intended as legal or medical advice. References to laws are based on general legal practices and vary by location. Information reported comes from secondary news sources. We do handle these types of cases, but whether or not the individuals and/or loved ones involved in these accidents choose to be represented by a law firm is a personal choice we respect. Should you find any of the information incorrect, we welcome you to contact us with corrections.

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