On September 2, 2016, Samsung announced a recall of its new smartphone, the Galaxy Note 7 , released just weeks prior. The device’s lithium-ion batteries have exploded in at least 35 cases, and the recall affects approximately 2.5 million phones.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is just the latest electronic device to self-ignite from defective lithium-ion batteries, following hoverboards and E-Cigarettes, about which GWC Injury Lawyers is currently involved in international, multi-party litigation .
Lithium-ion batteries power a majority of our consumer electronic devices. Why do they so frequently explode? According to analyst Claire Curry at Bloomberg New Energy Finance, the explosive potential comes from the lithium itself.
“Lithium is very reactive, quite dangerous and not stable on its own,” said Ms. Curry. “So lithium-ion batteries combine the lithium with other metals to try to stabilize the lithium, while not reducing the energy density.”
As such, lithium-ion batteries have a tendency to overheat, often with very dangerous results to consumers. Approximately 660 million lithium-ion cells were produced in 2012.
Have you been injured because of an overheating Samsung Galaxy Note 7, or some other lithium-ion-powered device? If so, please contact the legal experts at GWC Injury Lawyers today.
GWC prosecutes a wide variety of injury cases throughout Illinois, including those involving product liability, personal injury, workers’ compensation, construction accidents, and medical malpractice. If you or a loved one has been injured, by defective consumer products or in some other way, call GWC at (312) 464-1234.