A solar power book makes this claim:
A low voltage system can cause major problems simply because of the huge current that a 12v battery can generate: in excess of 1,000 amps in short burst can easily cause a severe shock -- and even death of serious injury in some cases.
(It goes on to say that a 12v battery can also cause a fire in the case of a short, something I think is undisputable.)
I've heard of these alleged deaths from 12V batteries before, but I can't recall the source right now. The aforementioned book is something I found in 3s on google. Here is another one:
If you have wet, salty hands and grab hold of the terminals of a 12 Volt battery, there is a significant danger of severe shock or even death in certain cases.
Anyhow, my question is: where's the evidence? I'd like to see some case reports (even if just in the mass media) that exemplify this death by electroshock from 12v battery.
Also, let's exclude ingesting batteries, because then even 3V can kill you (and probably 1.5V as well, but I can't a find a case right now) through internal hemorrhaging etc. caused by the electrical discharge burning tissue. The usual context of the claims about (high-amperage) 12v batteries (car, solar power etc.) typically precludes the swallowing scenario.