If you own a Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phone, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) wants you to know that there is a possibility that it could explode and catch fire. According to a news report in the Washington Post, CPSC has issued a recall of the new Samsung phones saying that the defective batteries in the phones have been linked to 26 reports of burn injuries and 55 reports of property damage including fires in cars and a garage.
The recall followed a number of recent reports including one this month when police officers in Port St. Lucie responded to a report of a car on fire in a residential neighborhood. The driver told investigators he was charging his Samsung Galaxy Note 7 when it burst into flames. The car had become fully engulfed. The driver was not injured. Also, another Florida man recently filed a lawsuit alleging that his Galaxy Note 7 exploded and caused him severe burns on his right thigh and left thumb.
Potential for Serious Injuries
In the lawsuit, Jonathan Strobel claimed that the phone exploded in his front pants pocket while he was out shopping. It was intense enough to burn through his pants and also severely burn his left thumb when he reached in to try to remove the phone. He suffered a deep second-degree burn, roughly the size of the phone, on his right thigh. The culprits here are the lithium-ion batteries in the phones that could overheat and pose a safety risk. To date, 35 cases have been reported globally.
On September 1, the company announced that they stopped sales of the Galaxy Note 7. However, mobile analytics firm Apteligent reported that most owners of the phone were still using it after Samsung’s voluntary recall began. That’s when safety regulators ordered a nationwide recall and Samsung updated its recall with increased urgency.
Dangerous and Defective Products
The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 now joins a list of products from e-cigarettes to hoverboards that have become notorious for exploding lithium-ion batteries. Issues with the Note 7 battery have been so widely known that they are even being singled out in some airline boarding announcements. Owners of the Note 7 are being asked to power down their phones completely after boarding.
If you own one of these phones, stop using them right away. Samsung is offering replacement phones to Note 7 owners. If you or a loved one has been injured by one of these defective products, please contact an experienced product defect attorney who can help protect your rights and help you secure maximum compensation for your losses.