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Eric T. Chaffin

2.6 Million Vuse Vibe Power Units for E-Cigarettes Recalled

On April 13, 2018, the FDA announced a recall of all Vuse Vibe power units—a total of about 2.6 million items—because of malfunctioning lithium-ion batteries that may overheat and present a fire hazard. Consumers are advised to stop using the […]

Eric T. Chaffin

Toyota/Lexus Recalls More Vehicles Over Airbag and Brake Problems

Earlier this year, Toyota announced they were recalling over 50,000 vehicles because of potentially defective airbags. Though the company has been heavily involved in the large Takata airbag recalls, this particular recall was implemented for different reasons. Whereas Takata air […]

Eric T. Chaffin

Lithium-Ion Battery Explodes in the Cargo Hold of a Delta Airlines Plane

There are a couple reasons why you should never put a lithium-ion battery pack or device into your checked luggage. First, it’s against the rules for most airlines, and second, because that battery may just explode in the cargo hold. […]

Eric T. Chaffin

Amazon Recalls Over 250,000 Portable Power Banks for Overheating Risks

On March 13, 2018, the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) announced a recall of about 260,000 Amazon Portable Power Banks. The products may overheat and ignite, posing a risk of fire and burn hazards and injuries. This is yet […]

Steven Cohn

Power Charger Explodes on Chinese Flight

There’s been another lithium-ion battery explosion and fire, this time in the overhead bin of a China Southern Airlines plane. According to Fox News, passengers were boarding the flight when smoke started pouring into the cabin. Soon, flames were spotted […]

Roopal Luhana

Medtronic Recalls Certain ICDs Because of Design Malfunction

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced a recall of certain Medtronic Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators (ICDs) and Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy Defibrillators (CRT-Ds). These devices are used to treat patients with irregular heart rhythms (arrhythmia). Medtronic sent an urgent […]

Eric T. Chaffin

Texas Woman Burned When Her Instant Pot Explodes

On March 9, 2018, ABC News reported that a Katy, Texas mom was cooking with her Instant Pot when it exploded in her kitchen, causing her to suffer serious burn injuries. This is one more of many similar incidents, where […]

Eric T. Chaffin

Instant Pot Multicookers Recalled Over Burn Hazards

On March 1, 2018, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced a recall of about 104,000 “Instant Pots,” because of a manufacturer defect that can cause the multicooker to overheat and melt on the underside, creating a fire hazard. […]

Steven Cohn

HP Recalls 50,000 Lithium-Ion Batteries for Overheating Problems

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced on January 4, 2018, that HP was recalling about 50,000 lithium-ion batteries for their notebook computers and mobile workstations. The batteries reportedly can overheat and potentially cause fires and/or burns. According to […]

Eric T. Chaffin

Texas Man Files Lawsuit After “Devastating” E-Cigarette Explosion

A Texas man recently filed an e-cigarette explosion lawsuit in Harris County. He names as defendants both the store that sold him the lithium-ion battery that allegedly caused the explosion, and LG Chem Lit., who manufactured the battery. This is […]