The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is getting a lot of media attention recently and it’s not because of a sleek new design or technology upgrades. The phone is being recalled due to a fire hazard caused by the lithium ion battery severely overheating and catching fire.
BATTLING THE RISK OF A LITHIUM ION BATTERY FIRE IN SAMSUNG GALAXY NOTE 7
To date, Samsung has received 35 complaints related to the issue with the battery. For example, in one instance in Florida a family reported that the Galaxy Note 7 exploded thus setting their car on fire. As a result of claims such as this one, owners of the device have been asked to power them down and to not use or charge them.
In addition to the recall, Samsung is currently devising a download for those purchasers of the Note 7 that will not allow the phone to charge past 60 percent. Although it will cut battery life, the company believes it should prevent the issue of overheating.
AIRLINE PASSENGERS NOT ALLOWED TO BRING SAMSUNG GALAXY NOTE 7 PHONES ON PLANES
The fire hazard of the Galaxy Note 7 has been found to have even more of a risk on airplanes. In 2015 a reported 11 fire incidents occurred on board an aircraft due to devices containing lithium ion batteries being placed in checked baggage.
Due to concern over the safety of the Galaxy Note 7, on September 15 the Department of Transportation ordered passengers to not bring the phones on the plane unless the device is kept turned off and is not placed to charge during the flight. In addition, passengers with the phone were also told that the device could not be placed into checked luggage.
Even after a recall has been issued, manufacturers and sellers of goods may be held responsible in a product liability claim. The responsible parties have a duty to foresee potential risks or dangers of defective products. When an injury or wrongful death has occurred due to an issue with a faulty product, the manufacturers and distributers can be held responsible for endangering consumers. Contact us to learn more about product liability claims.
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