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Defective Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Prompts Recall and Lawsuits

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."

The 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.