Reports: Florida Man’s Cell Phone Explosion Was Not Isolated Incident
FLORIDA – A recent cell phone explosion that injured a Florida man was not an isolated incident, according to an online news story posted at ibtimes.com. Several other customers have reported issues with their Samsung phones overheating or catching on fire.*
In 2016, Samsung initiated a recall of its Galaxy Note 7 devices because of numerous reports regarding explosions. The lithium-ion batteries in the phones were so prone to exploding that airlines would not let people have the devices on flights in the United States.
Jonathan Wright, of South Florida, owned a Samsung Galaxy S5, which was not — and is still not — subject to any recalls. One day when Wright was walking outside, he noticed his phone, which he had in his hand, was becoming very warm. He could hardly hold onto the phone anymore, so he switched hands, and the phone exploded. Wright’s arm was burned in the incident.
Samsung responded to Wright’s account of the event, saying: “Samsung takes customer safety very seriously, and we stand behind the quality of millions of Galaxy devices in use in the United States. We have reached out to inspect Mr. Wright’s device and learn more about what happened. Until Samsung thoroughly examines any device, it is impossible to determine the true cause of any incident.”
A look at the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s website shows that several other Samsung phone users have had frightening things happen with a variety of Galaxy products. One customer woke up to her phone on fire next to her bed. Another woman’s phone exploded while she was driving. Yet another customer saw his phone smoking as it was charging. Samsung has not responded publicly to these reports.
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