Battery pack exploded, burned up to 30 percent of child's body, lawsuit says

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Feb 13, 2019

PITTSBURGH — Parents of an injured child are suing Western Power Sports Inc., a distributor, citing alleged negligence.

Jeremiah and Alexis Shingledecker, on behalf of their daughter M.S., filed a complaint on Jan. 18 in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania against Western Power Sports Inc., alleging the distributor sold a battery pack in a defective condition.

The complaint alleges negligence of the defendant in the distribution of a defective battery pack, known as “Lil’ Lightning RP3 Lightning Pak” lithium ion battery pack, that suddenly and violently exploded and/or burst into flames causing nearby minor to sustain injuries.

According to the complaint, on June 16, 2018, minor plaintiff M.S. sustained serious injuries and damages, including burn wounds on 20 to 30 percent of her total body surface area. The complaint seeks damages for medical bills, pain and suffering and disfigurement, among other claims. 

The plaintiffs hold Western Power Sports Inc. responsible because the defendant allegedly failed to properly label and have proper warnings on the product, failed to assure that the battery pack was safe, and failed to assure that the products it distributed were properly manufactured.

The plaintiffs request a trial by jury and seek judgment against defendant in an amount in excess of $75,000, exclusive of interest and costs. They are represented by Jason Schiffman of The Schiffman Firm in Pittsburgh.

The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania Case No. is 19-cv-17.

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