By now, many of you know the batteries in the just-released Samsung Galaxy Note 7 explode after overheating. The situation has become so alarming with the Note 7’s exploding batteries that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has banned the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 and its exploding batteries from aircraft in the United States.
In a week where the company did not need any more negative media coverage, it seems it will only get worse after a driver in Florida claims his Jeep burst into flames as a result of his Samsung Galaxy Note 7 exploding while in the vehicle, according to the United Kingdom’s Sunday Express.
“Nathan Dornacher had returned home from a yard sale with his family when the Samsung smartphone set alight.
“The Galaxy Note 7 was left in the Jeep to charge with the air conditioning running, while Mr Dornacher brought his newly purchased desk inside the house.
“Writing on Facebook about the incident, which took place in Saint Petersburg, Florida, Mr. Dornacher explained: ‘We were planning on grabbing the dog and Bonnie and heading to PetCo.
“‘I head back out to the car to grab my phone which was on the charger (me and Lydia always fight over the house charger) go to open the door and see flames inside.'”
— The Straits Times (@STcom) September 9, 2016
As the photo above shows, the Jeep appears to be the latest victim of a Samsung Galaxy Note 7 explosion, which is why Samsung has done a voluntary recall of all Samsung Galaxy Note 7 units currently on the market, replacing them with a model using a different battery.
The Los Angeles Times notes the timeline for the release of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 until its recall of the exploding device, all within a matter of weeks.
“Samsung said it had confirmed 35 cases of the Galaxy Note 7 catching fire as of Sept. 1, most of them occurring while the battery was being charged.
“There are at least two more cases that Samsung said it is aware of — one in Perth, Australia, and another in St. Petersburg, Fla., where a family reported that a Galaxy Note 7 left charging in their Jeep had caught fire, destroying the vehicle.
“Samsung released the Galaxy Note 7 on Aug. 19. The Galaxy Note series is one of the most expensive lineups made by Samsung.”
Among the explosions involving the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is the one pictured below. The man in the image survived, according to reports, but you can only imagine the sheer terror he must have experienced as his phone tore a hole in his shorts and left burns on his legs.
— Mike West Palm (@Pa_DUka88) September 10, 2016
In addition to the ban on the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 due to explosion risks, BBC News reports that airlines from the United Arab Emirates to Europe are also banning the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 due to the risk of a phone exploding mid-air and putting not only the life of the smartphone owner at risk, but also the lives of all the men and women on board the flight.
“Samsung has said that battery problems were behind the phones catching fire, but that it was difficult to work out which phones were affected among those sold,” the BBC reported. “The phone was launched last month and has been otherwise generally well-received by consumers and critics.”
Do you own a Samsung Galaxy Note 7? If so, have you exchanged it for an updated, non-explosion risk model? Or have you considered switching to a different branch like Apple’s iPhone product line? Tell us in the comments section below.
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