Apple, the company that we typically associate with quality products, could be facing a personal injury products liability case due to a recent incident on an airline. While on an Australian flight (Regional Express flight ZL319), a passenger’s iPhone was not acting as smart as intended. The phone (an iPhone 4, not the most recent 4S) suddenly started “emitting a significant amount of dense smoke, accompanied by a red glow,” written in a statement by Regional Express.

The plan was flying from Lismore to Sydney, Australia. However, when the plane started to land, the phone started emitting smoke and glowing red. The flight attendants acted “In accordance with company standard safety procedures, the flight attendant carried out recovery actions immediately, and the red glow was extinguished successfully,” as stated by Regional Express.

The plane was able to successfully land after the incident. Further, the phone was handed over to the Australian Transport Safety Bureau. There was no indication as to the cause of the explosion as of yet. However, Apple has agreed to cooperate in any investigation. Further, Apple products do not have a history of explosions but explosions have happened in the past, mostly related to the lithium ion battery overheating.

The European Union (EU) has also launched an investigation in 2009 after several iPod Touch and iPhone’s exploded or caught fire. Several of these occurred during flight in the UK, France, Sweden, and Holland. Apple also had to recall their first generation iPod nanos sold between September 2005 and December 2006 because the battery would “pose a safety risk” due to overheating, according to the Apple website.

If a product overheats and explodes and this was not the intended purpose of the product, you may have a personal injury case based on products liability. The above story is an example of a product that did not work as intended and the product could have caused injury. Just as the above example, any product could fail to work as intended and injure a person. Thus, if you have been injured by a product, you may have a personal injury case. Call the personal injury attorneys at Ginny Walia Law Offices to explore your rights and options for free today: (800)598-0716.