As San Diego product liability lawyers, we are concerned that Samsung’s
smartphones are still putting the public at risk. The fire hazards associated
with the Galaxy Note7 are now also impacting the replacement phones provided
Samsung and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently
announced the Galaxy Note7 recall now includes all devices received as
replacements as part of the
previous Galaxy Note7 recall and any Galaxy Note7 with a green battery icon, regardless of date purchased.
The recall now covers approximately 1.9 million smartphones.
"The Galaxy Note7 recall has proven to be a real challenge for Samsung.
I am very concerned that consumers who exchanged their phones for replacement
Galaxy Note7s are now at risk again,” CPSC Chairman Elliot F. Kaye
stated. “We at CPSC have worked diligently under difficult circumstances
to protect consumers and bring this matter to an appropriate close. CPSC
will continue to hold Samsung and other companies accountable when consumer
safety is put at risk."
previously discussed on this San Diego Injury Blog, the lithium-ion battery in the Galaxy Note7 smartphones can overheat
and catch fire, posing serious fire and burn hazard to consumers. To date,
Samsung has received 96 reports of batteries in Note7 phones overheating
in the United States, including 23 new reports since the September 15
recall announcement. Samsung has received 13 reports of burns and 47 reports
of property damage associated with Note7 phones.
Given the serious injury risks, consumers should immediately stop using
and power down all Galaxy Note7 devices, including Note7 devices received
as replacements in the previous recall. They can then contact the wireless
carrier, retail outlet or Samsung.com to receive a refund or free exchange
for a new replacement device plus incentives.
If you or someone you love has suffered serious harm due to a defective
Samsung Galaxy Note7 or other smartphone, you may be entitled to compensation.
For more information, please contact
a San Diego product liability attorney at the Law Offices of Robert Vaage
for a free consultation.