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A Woman’s Headphones Explode on a Flight: Who is to Blame?
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A Woman’s Headphones Explode on a Flight: Who is to Blame?

A Woman’s Headphones Explode on a Flight: Who is to Blame?

A woman flying from China to Australia was in for a surprise when her headphones burned her face, neck, and hands. She was sleeping when it happened and a flight attendant was there to quickly put the burning headphones into a bucket of water. While this may have saved the woman wearing the headphones, it caused smoke that resulted in several passengers having to cough for the entire flight.

What caused the fire? Was someone wat fault? Does the injured woman have a right to sue someone for negligence? Read on to get answers to these questions. Then contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 if you have questions about product liability or other personal injury matters.

The cause of the accident was thermal runaway

Experts say that the headphones exploded as a result of a phenomenon that is known as thermal runaway. This is a fast uncontrolled boost in temperature. In fact, it is the same thing that has caused the fires associated with lithium ion batteries. Other problems can arise too, such as internal short circuits on electronics, physical damage like punctures, and overheating when charging. The results of thermal runaway can be serious fires and even explosions if more than one battery is involved.

Steps can be taken to reduce the risk of thermal runaway

There are a few things that can be done to reduce the risk of this issue happening. The best option is to only use UL (Underwriter Laboratory) certified lithium ion batteries, which do not have this issue. You can also make sure that if you do have electronics with lithium ion batteries, you are taking care of them.

That said, there should be a reasonable expectation as consumers that when we buy a product it is not going to catch fire and put us in danger of serious injury. Some of the products that have caught fire have not met even the minimum safety standards. Their dangerous defects have caused injuries and it is likely only a matter of time until they cause a death.

Product liability lawsuits

When a person is injured by a product that is defective or dangerous, they may be qualified to file a product liability lawsuit. Generally speaking, there are three types of product liability lawsuit. The first holds that there was a defect in the manufacturing of the product. This may be the case with the batteries discussed above. The second type of product liability case holds that there was a defect in the design. Once again, this could describe the battery in question.

Finally, it could be that a product does not have safe instructions or that it lacks appropriate warnings. Once again, this may apply to the batteries in question. If you have been injured by this or another product then we welcome your phone call to The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 where we can begin with a free legal consultation.

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