Woman Sues Apple Over Exploding iPod Touch

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A woman has sued Apple claiming that her Apple iTouch exploded and burned her eye. According to a news report in The Southeast Texas Record, Tina King filed the lawsuit against Apple Inc. in the Eastern District of Texas.

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The lawsuit alleges that King was lying in her bed with her iTouch beside her and was listening to music when she felt a burning sensation in her eye. She got up and realized that the iTouch had exploded and sent out an electric shock, burning her eye. She said that the Apple iPod Touch was model number A1136 and was purchased at the Apple Store in Oklahoma City.

King alleged that Apple sold a defectively designed and manufactured product to her. The product liability lawsuit also accuses Apple of failing to warn of the risk that the iTouch would fail and that there was serious risk of bodily injury associated with it. The plaintiff is seeking damages for scarring, disability, pain and suffering, medical expenses, emotional distress and punitive damages.

iTouch Explosions

There have apparently been several complaints worldwide over exploding iPod Touch devices. The mother of a boy in Ohio filed a lawsuit against Apple in 2009 after her son suffered second degree burns when an iPod Touch exploded and caught fire while in his pocket.

A report from the United Kingdom states that one of these devices caused a powerful explosion after a man saw smoke coming from the iTouch and flung it outside his house. The man told the media that when he asked for a refund Apple sent him a form along with a paper to sign, which said he would not talk about the exploding iTouch to anyone. He refused to sign the piece of paper, he said.

Product Liability Issues

It is not clear if Apple has looking into what causes these devices to explode or ignite. Has the company conducted an internal investigation? What we do know is that no recalls issued for these products. Based on various news reports, we also know that these devices have the potential to cause serious burn injuries.

Anyone who has been injured as the result of an exploding Apple iPod or iTouch would be well advised to preserve the damaged product and contact an experienced product liability attorney to obtain more information about pursuing his or her rights.

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