Because of at least four incidents of e-cigarettes exploding and injuring users in the past few weeks, New York Senator Chuck Schumer (D) wants the federal government to launch an investigation into the matter.
According to a press conference that Schumer gave on Sunday, the electronic cigarette devices allegedly exploded and burst into flames. Schumer wants new regulations to be implemented by the Food and Drug Administration along with the authority to investigate incidents. Schumer also wants warning labels required on the products and to have product recalls if necessary.
The federal government made an announcement last week that regulators intend to require manufacturers to submit electronic cigarettes for review for product safety.
Electronic cigarettes have been presented as a “safer” alternative to traditional cigarettes. Millions of people have bought these devices in the hopes of helping them quit smoking or to meet requirements at work and other places that ban cigarette smoking.
The problem is that these devices have been largely unregulated and have proved to be unsafe when the devices explode unexpectedly causing burns or other serious injuries. According to a product safety website that centers on e-cigarettes, many of the explosions of e-cigarettes happen while the units are charging and users use the incorrect voltage of charger for their e-cigarette device. Other e-cigarette devices have exploded in the hands, pockets or in the mouth of users causing them to suffer from burns.
If you or a loved one lives in the Long Island area and has suffered an injury due to an electronic cigarette or another product that caused you injury, contact the law offices of Goldstein & Bashner today at 516-222-4000 for a FREE consultation and legal analysis of your case.
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