Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 is blowing up — and not only in the sense it has become viral on social media. The recently launched phones from Samsung’s popular line have a serious issue with the lithium ion batteries powering them, and they’ve literally been exploding, wreaking havoc on homes and cars. According to initial reports, the phones ignite while they’re charging. People with working cellphones have captured videos. The hazard seems to be confined to the U.S.
In mid-September, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission told consumers who own Note 7s to turn off their phones and power down the devices. Samsung voluntarily recalled the model, saying it will replace all of them with new Note 7s once the problem has been fixed, or owners can opt for a different model.
Airlines have issued passenger advisories saying they will not allow Note 7s on flights whatsoever, even if they’re packed in luggage. The New York City Metropolitan Transit Authority, New Jersey Transit, and other public transportation regulators also issued advisories, telling riders not to use or charge their phones while riding buses, subways, and local trains.
If you own one of the 1 million Samsung Note 7s that were sold in the U.S., you should return it right away. Samsung has provided instructions for how to accomplish the exchange. Take action right away, for safety’s sake. Fetishes are popular on cam, but pyromania is not one any model should embrace.
The epic fail of the Note 7 battery came at a terrible time for Samsung. Rival Apple’s launch of the iPhone 7 generated positive headlines and videos of Mac geeks lined up to get the newest version of Apple’s bestselling product.