Apple is sued for iPad battery that would have caused fire, killing a man

Apple is sued for iPad battery that would have caused fire, killing a man

We have repeatedly commented on trivial cases of lawsuits against Apple involving patent infringement or lengthy legal battles with other technology companies; this time, however, the Apple was sued for – allegedly – being responsible for a fire that caused the death of a man in Parsippany (New Jersey, United States).

According to the lawsuit report, filed with the New Jersey District Court, the suit deals with the death of Bradley Ireland, which occurred nearly two years ago (February 22, 2017). According to Ireland’s wife, Julia Ireland Meo, a defective iPad was responsible for causing the fire that killed her husband, claiming that the device was «excessively dangerous» and that «adequate warnings about the risks and care of the tablet» were missing.

In addition to taking responsibility for the product, Apple is also accused of manslaughter (when there is no intention to kill) and also for causing permanent damage to Meo’s life, as at the time of the accident she “experienced significant pain and suffering” between receiving the news of her husband’s fire and death on the same day. The report did not say how much Apple should pay for the damage caused.

Incidents related to mobile device batteries are certainly not recent, and in recent years Apple seems to have seen this kind of problem happen with more than one iGadget. In 2016, for example, we commented on the case of an iPhone that caught fire during a flight; last year, three similar accidents involved the AirPods, another iPhone (this time inside a Swiss Apple Store) and another iPad (which was also inside an Apple store).

via Patently Apple