St. George, UT (October 14, 2022) – An electric fire attributed to a charging battery on an electric bike broke out in a garage in the Vista Ridge Estates 55-plus community in the 1300th block of North Dixie Downs Drive on Thursday, October 13th.
St. George firefighters, police, and paramedicsresponded to the scene at about 8:00 p.m. to extinguish a fire that began when the parked vehicle ignited.
One person sustained injuries related to smoke inhalation and their dog is believed to have died in the fire.
Our thoughts are with the injured victim and their family at this time. We hope for their full recovery.
One of the most common rechargeable batteries available today is the lithium-ion battery. With the steadily-growing popularity of smartphones, tablets, laptops, electric toothbrushes, etc., these batteries have exploded onto the market, both literally and figuratively.
As the demand for smaller electronics grows, batteries must be redesigned to fit into tighter spaces. The problems created by these ever-shrinking designs garnered international attention in 2016 when reports of Samsung Galaxy 7 smartphones suddenly exploding began populating the news. The phone was eventually banned from air travel as more and more safety concerns arose. Samsung finally recalled specific models of the Galaxy 7 in September of that same year.
In more recent years, reports of headphones, hoverboards, e-bikes, power tools, and other items that use lithium-ion batteries catching fire have become commonplace in the news.
The type of batteries used by these and many other products come with some dangers, but they are dangers that manufacturers are fully aware of and should be taking measures to reduce in both production and design. When manufacturers cut corners to protect their bottom line, the potential for devastating injuries is extremely high.
If you or a family member were injured due to a lithium-ion battery fire or explosion, you could be eligible for damages. Reach out to the St. George product liability lawyers at Jardine Law Offices by calling (801) 350-3506 to schedule a no-obligation, confidential review of your potential product liability claim.
By working with engineers and other industry professionals, our Utah product liability attorneys can pinpoint the exact defect that caused your injuries and start constructing a strong claim.
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