Columbia Lithium-Ion Batteries Lawyer
Many products use batteries in order to operate, from flashlights to toys to smartphones to laptops to power tools to cars. Lithium-ion batteries are a type of battery created in the 1970s and first used on Sony’s handheld video cameras. Today, these batteries are used in products to store high-capacity power, so they are common in e-cigarettes, consumer electronics, and even wheelchairs and electric cars.
Lithium-ion batteries are rechargeable batteries that are lightweight but powerful and long-lasting. While they are generally safe, they can be dangerous. They can cause fires and injure or even kill people.
If you have been affected, you need help from someone who can help you file these types of claims. Get the compensation you deserve with help from The Stanley Law Group. Contact a Columbia lithium-ion batteries lawyer today to get started.
Why Do Lithium-Ion Batteries Explode?
Lithium-ion batteries often explode due to manufacturing or design defects. One of the major components of these batteries is the separator, which serves as a fuse. If the separator inside the battery is too thin, made from poor materials, or improperly installed, it can cause a short circuit. This can cause heat to accumulate rapidly and lead to a condition called thermal runaway. During this process, the battery cell’s temperature increases so rapidly that the cell is not able to dispel the increased heat. This can cause the battery to discharge all of its energy in seconds, causing a fire or explosion.
There are several reasons for this, such as:
- Manufacturing defects. Flaws in production can cause impurities to seep into the lithium-ion cell during the manufacturing process. Plus, the thinning of separators could also cause explosions.
- Design flaws. For many manufacturers, the smaller, the better. By creating compact designs, they pack high-capacity cells into a smaller body. This design can cause damage to the separator or electrodes.
- Improper use. Penetrating the battery or keeping it too close to a heat source can cause a short circuit or even an explosion.
- Poor quality components. Manufacturers tend to cut corners so they can save money. This results in using low-quality components, which is one of the highest causes of battery failures. It’s important to use a smart battery management system that can detect cell failures.
- Charger issues. Using bad chargers can damage the battery. While lithium-ion batteries have built-in protections to keep them from overcharging, many unofficial chargers do not have these protections, which can short or create too much heat. This can cause long-term damage to even explosions.
Contact The Stanley Law Group Today
While lithium-ion batteries are very useful, they can be dangerous if defective. They can cause fires and explosions, which can cause burns and other bodily damage.
If you have been injured by a lithium-ion battery, seek legal help from The Stanley Law Group to today. We understand the processes for determining liability, as there can be multiple parties involved, such as manufacturers, retailers, distributors, and others in the supply chain. Get started with a free consultation. Call our Columbia lithium-ion batteries lawyers at (803) 799-4700 or fill out the online form.