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Lithium Battery Fires Continue to Plague the Nation

Posted on July 17, 2023

The aftermath of a bike fire in New York City. Photo courtesy of the Associated Press.

Earlier this year, we reported on the dangerous fires started by lithium batteries all over the nation. This summer, another deadly incident happened, this time in New York City. News stories reported that a fire at an e-bike shop spread to nearby apartments, killing four people. The shop was previously cited for safety violations. Could it have been avoided?

New York City Fire Commissioner Laura Kavanagh called the combination of an e-bike store on the first floor and residences above as “incredibly deadly,” but reports say the city is reluctant to support a ban on having lithium-ion bikes and scooters inside housing developments, claiming it could hurt the livelihood of residents who use them for employment.

However, lithium-ion batteries are a widespread risk. They are not only found in e-bikes and scooters, but also electric cars, smartphones, laptops, and even electric toothbrushes. Here’s how you can protect yourself from lithium-ion fires, according to an article in the Washington Post:

If you or a loved one has been injured in a lithium-ion fire in Pennsylvania or the surrounding region, and you believe that negligence is involved, contact an attorney experienced in explosions and burn injuries.

We can meet to discuss your legal options.