The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Samsung have issued
an official recall of more than one million Galaxy Note 7 smartphones.
The lithium-ion battery in the smartphones can overheat and catch fire,
posing a serious burn hazard to consumers. Samsung has received 92 reports
of the batteries overheating in the United States, including 26 reports
of burns and 55 reports of property damage.
Prior to the CPSC-issued recall, Samsung had stopped selling the defective
phones and published posts on social media warning customers about the
fire risk associated with the devices’ batteries, but stopped short
of officially issuing a recall. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
had also warned passengers “not to turn on or charge these devices
on board aircraft and not to stow them in any checked baggage.”
Samsung is also facing a number of personal injury lawsuits in connection
with the Galaxy Note 7. For instance, a Florida man filed suit after suffering
severe burns to his leg when the smartphone exploded in his pocket, leaving
him "in shock and extreme pain due to his injuries."
recall specifically involves the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphone sold before September 15, 2016. They were sold at wireless carriers and
electronic stores nationwide, including AT&T, Best Buy, Sprint, T-Mobile,
US Cellular, and Verizon stores, from August 2016 through September 2016
for between $850 and $890.
Given the serious risk of the batteries exploding, consumers should immediately
stop using and power down the recalled Galaxy Note 7 devices. Consumers
should then contact the wireless carrier, retail outlet, or website where
the cell phone was purchased to receive a new Galaxy Note 7 with a different
battery, a refund, or a new replacement device.
If you or someone you care about has suffered serious harm due to a recalled
or otherwise defective cell phone or other electronic device, you may
be entitled to compensation. To discuss your legal rights, contact
a San Diego product liability lawyer at the Law Offices of Robert Vaage
for a free consultation.