Product Liability

E-cigarette Explosions Trigger Two Product Liability Complaints in Bakersfield

vaping e cigarette device woman shutterstock 518659903 315x210 E cigarette Explosions Trigger Two Product Liability Complaints in BakersfieldTwo Bakersfield, California, men who were seriously injured in separate e-cigarette explosions have filed product liability lawsuits against the manufacturers and sellers of the devices.

According to, e-cigarette user Vincent Garza alleges his device exploded in his mouth in the course of regular use. reports that court documents state Mr. Garza was vaping when his e-cigarette blew up in his face, causing severe injuries to his mouth, tongue, and index finger. In addition to undergoing surgery on his tongue immediately after the e-cigarette explosion, Mr. Garza also had to have his left index finger amputated at the knuckle.

Mr. Garza has since filed a lawsuit against Luxor Café Vape Lounge, where he bought the e-cigarette and battery; Fame Vape, which sold him a charger for the device; and Flawless Vapes and Supplies LLC, the company that made the e-cigarette, reports.

Gregory Phillips, another Bakersfield man who was also injured by an exploding e-cigarette, has filed a similar lawsuit against Cigarette World 4, where he purchased the vaping device.

Mr. Phillips alleges his e-cigarette blew up in the pocket of his pants, causing severe burns to most of his left leg. According to, court documents state that Mr. Phillips had to undergo two skin graft surgeries to replace the burned skin on his leg.

“Many consumers don’t know or are unaware of the fact that e-cigarettes … that are commonly sold in our community have the potential of exploding during use, or spontaneously catching fire,” a lawyer involved with the Garza and Phillips lawsuits told

Both lawsuits allege that the “manufacturing and design of the devices does not have enough checks and balances to ensure they are safe,” reported.

Attorneys for the plaintiffs say they will hold a press conference with more information about the cases in the fall.