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Samsung Note7 Smartphone Recall Expanded

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 to consumers.

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."

As we 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 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.