Update: Note 7 Fires Caused by “Aggressive” Battery Design, Report Finds
December 7, 2016 – A teardown of the Galaxy Note 7 has found that Samsung engineers didn’t allow enough internal space for the phone’s large battery, which caused pressure buildup, short-circuit and fires. Allowances for battery expansion are calculated during a smartphone’s design phase; however, Samsung used “a super-aggressive manufacturing process to maximize capacity” which increased the risk of explosion and fire, according to the engineers who performed the teardown.
Samsung Sued After Galaxy S7 Explodes, Causing 3rd Degree Burns
September 15, 2016 – A construction worker who allegedly suffered 2nd and 3rd degree burns after his Galaxy S7 Edge caught fire and exploded in his pocket has filed a products liability lawsuit (PDF) against Samsung. Plaintiff Daniel Ramirez claims the incident took place on May 30 while he was at a jobsite in Akron, Ohio.
According to the lawsuit, Ramirez heard his phone whistling and screeching before it became engulfed in flames. His right hand was severely burned as he tried unsuccessfully to grab the device, which exploded in his pocket, searing his legs and groin.
Ramirez has had to undergo several painful skin grafts and required ongoing rehab as a result of his injuries, according to the lawsuit. Plaintiff is suing for an unspecified amount, accusing Samsung of marketing unsafe and/or defective products, negligence, breach of warranty, and violating consumer protection laws.
Note 7 Recall May be Expanded to Include All Galaxy Phones
Investigators are calling for a closer look to determine whether Ramirez’s injury is related to the problem with the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, which was recalled earlier this month after dozens of reports surfaced of the devices catching fire and/or exploding (mostly while charging) due to a manufacturing error in the batteries. If the Ramirez case is determined to have been caused by a similar battery fire, the recall may be expanded to include Samsung’s entire line of Galaxy smartphones.
Samsung Recall Highlights Dangers of Stronger Batteries
The reports of fire and explosion that led to the Note 7 recall may be due to a manufacturing error, but it highlights the risks involved in packing increasingly more battery power into ever thinner smartphones. The Note 7 debuted last month to rave reviews for its speed, software features and an estimated 9 hours of runtime between charges. But all that power comes at a price: users began reporting the phones were catching fire or exploding, in one case incinerating the vehicle it was left in.
Samsung plans a software update that will cap battery recharging at 60% capacity to help minimize risks of overheating; however, the company is urging owners to keep the devices powered down until they can get them replaced, starting on Sept. 19.
FAA Warns Against Using Galaxy Phones on Flights
On Sept. 8, U.S. air-safety regulators identified the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 as a potential airborne fire hazard, urging passengers to avoid using the smartphones during flights. “In light of recent incidents and concerns” involving the Note 7, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) “strongly advises passengers not to turn on or charge these devices” on planes and “not to stow them in any checked baggage.”
Samsung Refuses to Pay for Galaxy Note 7 Fire Damage
October 21, 2016 – A number of people whose property was damaged when their Note 7 phones exploded are claiming that Samsung won’t compensate them for replacement costs, according to The Guardian. The global Note 7 recall is expected to cost Samsung up to $17 billion in lost revenue, and refusing to cover damage caused by the device appears to some as a way of squeezing customers over every dollar of compensation.
Samsung Note 7 Flight Ban Enforced Over Fire Risk
October 17, 2016 – The Department of Transportation (DOT) has banned Samsung’s troubled Note 7 smartphone from all U.S. flights due to the risk of fire and explosion, considering the devices “forbidden hazardous material under the Federal Hazardous Material Regulations.” The Galaxy Note 7 will now be classified in the same category as flammable aerosols, fireworks, lighter fluid and light-anywhere matches, according to the DOT.
Samsung Ends Production of Galaxy Note 7
October 12, 2016 – Samsung has announced the permanent discontinuation of the Galaxy Note 7 following multiple reports of replacement devices catching fire and exploding. “Taking our customer’s safety as our highest priority, we have decided to halt sales and production of the Galaxy Note 7,” Samsung said on Monday in a filing with South Korean regulators. The company is facing a major hit to its reputation and brand name, in addition to an estimated $17 billion in lost sales revenue.
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Replacement Discontinued Amid Fire Reports
October 10, 2016 – Samsung Electronics has temporarily suspended production of its troubled Galaxy Note 7 smartphone amid reports that replacement devices had caught fire. The tech giant said it was “adjusting shipping volumes” for Galaxy Note 7 phones in order to conduct in-depth inspections and to improve quality control, according to CNBC. The move followed reports that all 4 major U.S. carriers — Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile — have stopped exchanging or selling new Samsung Note 7 phones.
Replacement Note 7 Catches Fire on Southwest Flight
October 6, 2016 – A replacement Samsung Galaxy Note 7 caught fire on a Southwest plane yesterday morning before takeoff at Louisville International Airport, forcing the evacuation of all passengers and crew members. The owner of the Note 7, Brian Green, said that he had powered the device down and put it in his pocket, and that a few seconds later he “heard a pop” and then noticed smoke “billowing” out of his clothes. The flight was evacuated after 2 rows of seats became enveloped in smoke.
New Samsung Galaxy Phones in Stores After Recall
September 21, 2016 – New Galaxy Note 7 phones are now available in U.S. stores to replace about 1 million devices being recalled over potential battery fire, according to the LA Times. Samsung announced last week that customers who purchased one of the recalled smartphones could choose between a replacement or a refund for the device, which sells for about $850.
Florida Man Sues Samsung After Exploding Galaxy Note 7 Causes Severe Burns
September 19, 2016 – A man from Florida has filed a lawsuit against Samsung related to the exploding battery of a Galaxy Note 7. The complaint was filed by Jonathan Strobel, whose Samsung phone exploded exactly one week after the company announced a voluntary global recall of the Note 7 following reports of the devices catching fire and/or exploding due to a battery manufacturing error.
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