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14 September 2016 By James Johnson 0 comments

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Smartphones Aren’t the Only Ones Exploding

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge and Galaxy Core Prime Smartphones Have Also Exploded, Caused Injuries

Just week after the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission warned consumers about the potential danger of defective Samsung Galaxy Note 7 lithium-ion batteries, a smartphone plugged into a car charger exploded engulfing a car into flames Tuesday night on a Florida highway.

The 55-year-old driver told authorities he had placed the cell phone on the passenger seat of his car when the explosion took place in Port St. Lucie, Florida.

The incident is one of at least 35 involving exploding batteries since the launch of the smartphone on August 19 and the second in one week. Another explosion in Australia caused about $1,400 in property damage.  A Galaxy Note 7 was left to charge in a Jeep parked in a St. Petersburg Florida driveway exploded and the car was engulfed in flames.

In the aftermath, Samsung has acknowledged the phones are prone to fire due to a minor manufacturing flaw and asked customers worldwide to stop using the Galaxy Note 7 .

The Korean tech giant has also halted sales of the Galaxy Note 7 due to the fire risk and has issued recall  on September 2 for some 2.5 million devices after a small manufacturing flaw in the smartphone’s battery was found to be defective. The company will replace defective handsets for consumers.

Additionally, on September 8, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has warned US airlines about the potential fire risk and now the devices are banned from use during flights and passengers are not permitted to store them in checked baggage.

Other Exploding Samsung Smartphones: Galaxy S7 Edge and Galaxy Core Prime

Although the latest Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is now making headlines, the Korean smartphone manufacturer has other devices that are potentially dangers and have caused injuries.

A Tracy, California man was severely injured when his Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge caught fire while it was in his pocket while visiting Ohio back in May 2016.

Also, a 6-year-old boy was holding a Samsung smartphone suffered burns when it exploded in his hands just one week ago in New York. Initially, it was reported to be a Galaxy Note 7, but it was subsequently discovered that it was not. The phone he was using was a 2014 Samsung Galxxy Core Prime, the New York Post reports. 

The use of lithium ion batteries in these smart phones and other devices such as hover or balance boards and radio-controlled airplanes and cars poses an inherent risk to consumers so it is incumbent upon the manufacturers of these products that they are made safe and promptly recalled if they are found to be defective.

When to File a Lawsuit?

If you were injured due to a defective smartphone or other dangerous product, it’s important that you call a qualified personal injury attorney immediately to protect your legal rights. A case involving a product defect must be handled carefully to ensure evidence is preserved to ensure the best outcome.

Johnson Attorneys Group is a California product defect law firm that handles cases involving personal injuries and wrongful death. Our experienced injury attorneys will guide you through the legal process to ensure the best possible outcome. Call us today for a free case evaluation at 800-235-6801.

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