September 16, 2016 — Samsung and the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) have recalled 1 million Galaxy Note 7 smartphones after dozens of reports of burn injuries and fires.
The problem is that the lithium-ion battery can overheat and catch fire, posing a serious burn hazard to consumers.
In the United States, there have been 92 reports of batteries overheating or bursting into flames, including 26 reports of burn injuries and 55 reports of property damage.
The reports include a garage that nearly burned down and several car fires. Other models of the Galaxy smartphone have been linked to 3rd-degree burns that required extensive skin grafts.
The fires are blamed on a manufacturing defect in the lithium-ion battery. A piece of plastic between the positive and negative sides may have been punctured, resulting in the battery overheating and catching on fire. The problem affects roughly 1 in 42,000 devices.
Samsung asks consumers to “immediately stop using and power down the recalled Galaxy Note 7” and get a refund or an exchange.
The Galaxy Note 7 smartphone has a 5.7-inch screen powered by a massive 3,600mAh battery. Lithium-ion batteries are ideal for handheld electronic devices, but they contain extremely flammable chemicals. Explosions can occur when the battery is damaged, defective, over-charged, or comes in contact with metal (keys, coins, etc.).
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