Apple has faced a lawsuit alleging that all Apple Watch models made to date are “dangerous” because the devices lack internal space to accommodate a bulging battery.
The lawsuit was filed in California federal court on Thursday. The class action lawsuit claims the Apple Watch poses an “undisclosed and unreasonably dangerous security risk.” The lawsuit names all the models produced, from the first Apple Watch to the Apple Watch Series 6. More specifically, it is denounced that the Apple Watch would lack any “Thermal or other solution to prevent and / or mitigate the danger of the watch. the screen comes off, breaks or cracks due to insufficient space allocated inside the device for the electromagnetically charged rectangular-shaped lithium cobalt oxide battery ‘.
Apple Watches can be dangerous
The complaint claims that the lack of space could cause serious safety concerns when the battery suddenly swells. Such a scenario could exert upward pressure on the screen, causing it to detach from the Apple Watch and break it, “exposing its razor-sharp edges” to users.
In other words, the manufacturing defect is not that lithium-ion batteries could swell. The complaint disputes the fact that there is not enough space inside the device, or other mitigation mechanism, to protect against battery swelling. Further, it is claimed that Apple knowingly produced Apple Watch models with this security issue.
The complaint names a handful of complainants who have experienced battery swelling issues on their Watch. The lawsuit, which requires a jury trial, seeks damages for the plaintiffs and class members, as well as disclosure of the “defective nature of the watch.” Similar cases have been presented in the past regarding iPhone batteries and none have ended in favor of the depositor.