Samsung recalled the Galaxy Note 7 smartphone after dozens of reports of the battery suddenly exploding or catching on fire.
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Plane Evacuated After New Samsung Note7 Overheats
October 6, 2016 — A Southwest Airlines flight was evacuated after a replacement Samsung Note7 phone overheated and started smoking in a passenger’s pocket during the safety demonstration before takeoff. No one was injured. The man says he got the phone new from an AT&T store on September 21 as a replacement for one that was recalled. Click here to read more.
Galaxy Note 7 Recalled for Explosion Hazard
Samsung launched the Galaxy Note 7 smartphone in August and sold 2.5 million units in its first month. On September 1, after 35 reports of the device catching on fire or exploding, Samsung issued a worldwide recall and exchange program. As of September 16, there were 96 reports of the batteries overheating, resulting in 26 burn injuries and 55 reports of property damage. Click here to read more.
Lawsuit Filed by Galaxy S7 Burn Victim
The replacement phone is the Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge. Unfortunately, these smartphones have also been linked to explosions. On September 8, a lawsuit (PDF) was filed by a man who required large skin grafts on his legs from 2nd- and 3rd-degree burns.
What is the Risk?
One out of every 42,000 Galaxy Note 7 smartphones may have a faulty battery, which means the risk is low. Samsung blamed the problem on a “very rare manufacturing process error” that could cause the battery to overheat.
6 Year-Old Burned by Exploding Samsung Phone
The New York Post reports that a 6 year-old boy in Brooklyn was badly burned when a Samsung Galaxy Core Prime exploded in his hands.
Car Fire Reported in Florida
An exploding Galaxy Note 7 is being blamed for a dramatic car fire in Port St. Lucie, Florida on September 13. The driver of the car, 55 year-old Clifford Samuels, was charging the phone when he said he heard a loud “pop” and the phone exploded.
FAA “Strongly Advises” Against Using Galaxy Note 7 on Planes
The Federal Aviation Agency (FAA) issued a statement saying it “strongly advises” airline passengers not to turn on, charge, or pack the Note 7 in checked baggage. No airlines have banned the device.
Why Are the Batteries Exploding?
The problem has been blamed on a manufacturing defect that placed pressure on plates contained within battery cells, which brought negative and positive poles into contact. This resulted in the batteries heating up excessively and catching on fire.
Lithium Ion Battery Explosions
Lithium ion batteries recharge quickly and pack a lot of power into a very small size, making them ideal for smartphones, e-cigarettes, laptops, and cars. The problem is that they contain highly-flammable chemicals. The risk is low, but there are many ways it could explode:
- Damage to the battery
- Manufacturing defects
- High heat
- Using incompatible chargers
- Contact with coins, keys, metal in your pocket or purse
- And more
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