CPSC Recalls 1 Million Samsung Galaxy Note 7 SmartphonesSeptember 16, 2016 — The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has announced a recall for about 1 million Samsung Galaxy Note7 smartphones.

The problem is that the lithium-ion battery can overheat and catch on fire, posing a serious burn hazard to consumers.

Samsung has received 92 reports of the batteries overheating in the United States, including 26 reports of burn injuries and 55 reports of property damage. There have been several reports of car fires and a garage that was severely damaged.

During the manufacturing process, the layer of plastic separating the positive and negative sides of the battery may have been punctured. This could cause the batteries to short-circuit, resulting in “excessive heat” and fire risk. An estimated 1 out of 42,000 devices are affected by the problem.

Consumers should “immediately stop using and power down the recalled Galaxy Note 7” and get an exchange.

The recalled devices have a 5.7-inch screen and a massive 3,600mAh battery with 20.5 hours of video playback at maximum brightness.

Lithium-ion batteries pack a lot of power into a small size, but they contain highly-flammable chemicals. Explosions can be caused by physical damage, manufacturing defects, over-charging, incompatible chargers, excessive heat, or contact with metal (keys, coins, etc.).

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