Lithium-ion batteries can be found around the house from a battery pack in a laptop to a battery used in a remote control car. While someone might not give a second thought to a battery that keeps their laptop or remote control car running, these batteries can be dangerous. Unfortunately, lithium-ion batteries and battery packs have exploded and have caught on fire.

Recently, there have been several reports that laptops with lithium-ion batteries have caught on fire. This typically happens when the battery gets really hot or there is an internal short in the battery. In either event, batteries shouldn’t catch on fire. Unfortunately, they do if they overheat and are defective in any way.

While lithium batteries are used in many products because they can store a lot of energy in a compact form, they have the tendency to go up in smoke. We saw this when millions of Sony, Dell, Apple Computer, Toshiba and Lenovo lithium-ion battery packs were recalled in 2006 because several overheated and caught on fire.  Currently, there are more Sony laptops being recalled because the lithium-ion battery can overheat and cause a fire hazard.

What’s scary is that many people sleep with their laptops left on or put their remote control car’s lithium battery in a charger overnight. Unfortunately, some batteries have been known to short-circuit, overheat and burst into flames. When a battery explosion occurs that leads to a fire, it can be the result of a defective lithium-ion battery.

If your relative was killed in a house fire, there is a chance that a defective product such as a lithium-ion battery could have caused their wrongful death. When Florida wrongful deaths occur, families of victims should hold negligent companies accountable and seek damages. To seek justice for your loved one, contact an experienced South Florida wrongful death lawyer at the Law Office of David Benenfeld today for a free consultation at [number type=”2″] or [number type=”1″].