San Diego man, others sue over e-cigarette explosions – The San … – The San Diego Union-Tribune

A San Diego man is one of 10 Californians severely injured by vaping device explosions who on Wednesday filed suit against the makers and sellers of e-cigarette batteries, saying the devices are defective and unsafe.

Maxwell De La Fuente claimed, in the lawsuit, that his vaping device exploded in his pants pocket last year, causing deep burns to his right thigh.

He named Syndicate Vapes of Oceanside, Mojo Vapor of Encinitas and Los Angeles-based LA Vaporz Wholesale as defendants for selling the e-cigarette, batteries and battery charger that he used.

He alleged the companies knew the product design caused excessive overheating, making them dangerous and unsafe.

A federal report issued last year compared the devices, when they fail, to a “flaming rocket.”

De la Fuente claims that he was at home in San Diego, relaxing, on Jan. 3, 2017, when the spare e-cigarette batteries in his pocket exploded. He was hospitalized with second-degree burns.

Brett Weiss, owner of Mojo Vapor online wholesaler of vaping products, said in an interview that this is the first time he has been named

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