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Apple faces lawsuit claiming that swollen Apple Watch batteries can cause significant injuries

Due to the tight internal design of the Apple Watch, swollen batteries can pop out the display and expose sharp edges (Image: Shawn Miller)
Due to the tight internal design of the Apple Watch, swollen batteries can pop out the display and expose sharp edges (Image: Shawn Miller)
Swollen or bloated batteries are not exactly unheard of, but in the Apple Watch they can supposedly also cause serious bodily harm, which is why the leader in the smartwatch market now faces another lawsuit in the United States.

Millions of people around the world wear them around they wrists, but many smartwatch users may not be aware that a certain hardware defect can possibly cause serious injuries. According to MacRumors, Apple now faces a new lawsuit in the US after an Apple Watch owner suffered dangerous cuts due to the swollen battery inside of his smartwatch. The lawsuit describes an incident involving a man named Chris Smith, who was wearing an Apple Watch Series 3.

Approximately three years after buying the third generation Apple Watch, the integrated battery supposedly started to swell up, which caused the display to pop off the case of the smartwatch. Due to this more or less well-known type of defect, the sharp glass edges of the display were exposed. While driving a golf cart, Smith then allegedly cut himself on said display edges and suffered deep wounds on his forearm. 

These cuts were apparently deep enough to injure a vein, which can in theory certainly lead to considerable blood loss. The plaintiffs now claim that Apple was aware of the fact that Apple Watch batteries can suddenly swell up, but that the Cupertino-based company did not leave enough space inside the Apple Watch that would prevent the display from detaching from the case. This lawsuit includes all Apple Watch models except the latest Apple Watch Series 7 (from US$379 on Amazon).

The plaintiffs therefore seek damages from Apple, which in the US can quickly amount to millions of dollars. It remains to be seen if this lawsuit will be successful, but the case of Chris Smith can already be read as a cautionary tale for all Apple Watch users. Smartwatches with swollen or bloated batteries are unsafe to use and should be taken off immediately. This also applies to smartphones with similar defects.

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Enrico Frahn
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My fascination for technology goes back a long way to the Pentium II era. Modding, overclocking and treasuring computer hardware has since become an integral part of my life. As a student, I further developed a keen interest in mobile technologies that can make the stressful college life so much easier. After I fell in love with the creation of digital content while working in a marketing position, I now scour the web to bring you the most exciting topics in the world of tech. Outside the office, I’m particularly passionate about motorsports and mountain biking.
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Enrico Frahn, 2021-12- 9 (Update: 2021-12- 9)