Two 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 Bakersfield.com, e-cigarette user Vincent Garza alleges his device exploded in his mouth in the course of regular use.
Bakersfiled.com 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, Bakersfiled.com 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 Bakersfield.com, 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 and ‘vapes’ 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 Bakersfield.com.
Both lawsuits allege that the “manufacturing and design of the devices does not have enough checks and balances to ensure they are safe,” Bakersfield.com reported.
Attorneys for the plaintiffs say they will hold a press conference with more information about the cases in the fall.