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Galaxy Note 7 explodes in New York, burns six-year-old child

By midian182 · 31 replies
Sep 12, 2016
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  1. It’s been estimated that Samsung’s recall of the Galaxy Note 7 could cost the company around $1 billion, but as yet another report comes in of an exploding device - this time involving a six-year-old boy - the ultimate cost may be even higher.

    Last week, a charging Note 7 caught fire and caused $1380 worth of damages to a Sydney hotel. The owner was sleeping next to the phone when it exploded, so he was lucky to escape without any injuries. The same can’t be said for one Brooklyn resident, whose device “suddenly burst into flames” as he watched videos on it.

    The fire caused by the phone was intense enough to set off the alarms in the family’s home. The burns he suffered meant he had to be rushed to Downstate Medical Center. “He is home now,” the victim’s grandmother, Linda Lewis, told the New York Post. “He doesn’t want to see or go near any phones. He’s been crying to his mother.”

    Lewis said she has been in touch with Samsung but didn’t comment further.

    Despite Samsung’s claims that only a tiny fraction of Note 7 batteries are at risk of overheating, the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has advised plane passengers not to charge or turn on the devices while on board aircraft and not stow them in any checked baggage. Airlines in India, Australia, and the UAE have also placed restrictions on the use of Note 7s during flights.

    The recall of Samsung’s flagship phone has caused shares in the company to drop to a two-month low, wiping $14.3 billion off the South Korean firm’s market value. “Some said initially the Galaxy Note 7 could be the best smartphone ever, but now it’s possible the phone will go down as the worst ever,” said IBK Securities analyst Lee Seung-woo.

    There had been some reports that, in a bid to avoid any more incidents like the one in New York, Samsung was planning to remotely deactivate all defective Note 7s by Septemeber 30. However, the company has since refuted this, though in a statement to Android Central (below) doesn’t seem to rule it out as a future possibility.

    The firm’s official line is that this isn’t happening. We’ve reached out to Samsung and been told that this is not something the company has stated, and that all official guidance will be published on its website.

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  2. ETF Soldier

    ETF Soldier TS Evangelist Posts: 439   +113

    The recall has been out for well over a week now, at this point the onus is on the public.
    SirChocula and stewi0001 like this.
  3. G0DofPaiN

    G0DofPaiN TS Booster Posts: 58   +35

    Maybe people consider risking their lives worth it for the money they will get from Samsung.
  4. davislane1

    davislane1 Inquisitor Posts: 4,506   +3,507

    You know what doesn't explode while you're charging it? The iPhone 7.
  5. lipe123

    lipe123 TS Evangelist Posts: 718   +236

    There is no evidence of that, it's not available to the public yet.

    It would be pretty funny if the same thing happens to Apple.
  6. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,457   +1,735

    All you need to be labelled a terrorist these days is to buy a Galaxy Note 7.
    Trillionsin and H3llion like this.
  7. Trillionsin

    Trillionsin TS Evangelist Posts: 1,549   +235

    ...classic, Troll.

    You could have said, like, ANY other device, and your statement COULD have been correct. lol
    davislane1 likes this.
  8. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,162   +831

    Now that I saw again the post and pictures on the dude that burnt the hotel room, he was charging it in the bed within the sheets and probably by the looks of it underneath the pillow, it's not bad enough that the thing has exploding warning but now he does exactly against what's recommended.

    How successful is the recall campaign? There might be people that have never heard of it.

    Tell that to this childs parent, arhol...
  9. Evernessince

    Evernessince TS Evangelist Posts: 1,790   +1,007

    I'm sure if it did they wouldn't issue a recall, they will simply say you are holding it wrong.
  10. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,005   +2,888

    Whose device “suddenly burst into flames” as he watched videos on it.

    Those must've been some real white hot porno's.
    bmw95 likes this.
  11. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 2,868   +1,190

    This article was a bit painful to comprehend btw writing wise. Just thought I had to mention that.

    This is why you dont use devices after the maufacturer and various governments and independent agencies say STOP USING IT...
  12. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,005   +2,888

    The only reason why previous versions didn't explode was because iSheep were trying to stuff the charging connector into the 3.5 mm audio jack. Now that Apple has tried to address their, umm... inadequacies it could very well happen.
  13. Kenrick

    Kenrick TS Evangelist Posts: 412   +257

    Your point is not valid. When consumer's safety is at stake it is the manufacturer's responsibility to disseminate the information. We are lucky we love to read technology sites but I feel sorry for ordinary consumers who bought this.

    This so called "recall" is not an official recall where the government can help in spreading the safety risk, forced recall (even black market handsets will be recalled). Samsung should do the OFFICIAL recall not a manufacturer's replacement program.

    Last edited: Sep 12, 2016
  14. MonsterZero

    MonsterZero TS Maniac Posts: 384   +180

    You know what phone JUST came out with technology from 2013? The iPhone 7
  15. Whitefyre

    Whitefyre TS Rookie Posts: 21   +7

  16. Darth Shiv

    Darth Shiv TS Evangelist Posts: 1,764   +435

    They should remotely deactivate the ability to charge the faulty batteries.
  17. Whitefyre

    Whitefyre TS Rookie Posts: 21   +7

    Problem with that is samsung supposedly cant track that.. *hard to believe* because it was 2 vendors that made the battery
  18. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 2,800   +1,538

    Looks like this phone is destine to be the "Ford Pinto" of cell phones .....
  19. mrjgriffin

    mrjgriffin TS Addict Posts: 207   +97

    I'm seriously surprised no one has said this yet. why in the hoobla does a 6 year old have a Note 7 anyways? spoiled little poop he is. ffs
    Burty117 and Arris like this.
  20. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 2,800   +1,538

    Mom probably never heard of an Etch-A-Sketch .....
  21. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,162   +831

    What triggered you? Kids that don't even know how to read know how to operate a phone and parents download games and put youtube in it for them to play/watch.

    You must have had a fun childhood.
  22. Kite005

    Kite005 TS Rookie

    Probably not a troll just a big apple fan. Glad I didn't go out and buy the note 7 right away which I thought about.
  23. Kite005

    Kite005 TS Rookie

    If they can remotely deactivate it I'm sure they can get the message out too.
  24. Trillionsin

    Trillionsin TS Evangelist Posts: 1,549   +235

    nah I've seen him post around here before, he's funny guy. Yea, I seriously thought about it too. Close call on that! Sticking with the Note 5 for a bit longer.
  25. Darth Shiv

    Darth Shiv TS Evangelist Posts: 1,764   +435

    What do they look for to identify the bad batteries (when you bring your phone in)?

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