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How Were People Maimed While Riding the Hogwarts Express?

On Behalf of | Dec 2, 2016 | Product Liability |


Going to a theme park is supposed to be a magical experience that takes you away from the stresses of your daily life. But sometimes these parks don’t live up to expectations. The weather can turn, or park rides can be unsafe, but do you ever worry about your fellow park goers? Do you ever worry about the things those people bring with them?

Defective Products Derail the Fun on the Hogwarts Express

A family of five from Tennessee had arrived in Florida to have fun at the Universal Orlando theme park. While there, they boarded the Hogwarts Express, which takes guests to and from the Islands of Adventure park. They entered the train ride and took a cabin with three teenage boys, but something went wrong.

At around three in the afternoon-as the ride travelled between parks-something exploded in the cabin. One of the boys had an e-cigarette in his pocket, but the machine’s battery malfunctioned and exploded. The small blast sent a fireball into the face of one of the visitors from Tennessee-a 14-year-old girl.

She was rushed to Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children where she was treated for mild and moderate burns on her face, arm and leg. The boy who had the e-cig in his pocket, only suffered minor burns. The police described the incident as a freak accident, but was it? These sorts of accidents are becoming more common, and we need to do something about them.

How Common Are These Battery Failures?

Reports of injuries suffered from exploding lithium ion batteries have been filed in states all over the country, including Georgia. Experts say they result from poorly built battery cells that overheat and catch fire. They are used in many devices such as hoverboards and tablet computers. Even the infamous Samsung Galaxy Note 7 recall was also feared to be an example of this type of battery malfunction. Is there anything you can do to keep your family safe from these defective devices?

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