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U.S. Emergency Rooms Continue To Treat Hoverboard Injuries

Steps taken by government officials earlier this year to keep Chinese-made hoverboards with unstable lithium batteries out of the market seem to have worked for the most part, with the number of reported hoverboard fires and explosions down significantly compared to last year. But hoverboard-related injuries are far from over. They are actually an epidemic in the U.S., according to e-zine Inverse, which spoke with Dr.  Sean Bandzar, resident physician of emergency medicine at the New York-Presbyterian Hospital and author of a hoverboard injury story published last month in the Annals of Emergency Medicine. According to Dr. Bandzar, nearly 16,000 ... Read More

Feds Warn Commercial Drivers About Samsung Note 7 Risks

Samsung may have killed production of its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones over their insurmountable safety defects, but concern over the potential disaster posed by the recalled phones remaining in use lives on. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has a safety advisory warning drivers of tractor-trailers, buses, and other commercial vehicles about the risks of driving with portable electronic devices containing damaged, defective, or recalled lithium-ion batteries, including Samsung Note 7 smartphones. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the lithium-ion battery in the Samsung Galaxy Note7 smartphones can overheat and burst into flames, posing a serious ... Read More

Galaxy Note 7 Is Samsung’s Biggest Fail, But Not Its Only One

Samsung has officially killed production of its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones after a September recall of the devices and a costly production of their replacements failed to fix the flaw that caused the phones to burst into flames. The recall, extra production, and lost revenues directly related to the Galaxy Note 7 disaster cost the Korean electronics giant as much as $5 billion, but that figure is small compared to the $18-billion loss in the company’s valuation following the Note 7’s funeral. The Samsung name has been tarnished and faith in the brand has been eroded. Many industry analysts predict ... Read More

Consumers Warned To Power Off All Galaxy Note 7 Smartphones

People with Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones should power down their devices immediately, the South Korean electronics manufacturer and the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission (CSPC) said Monday, saying the devices are at risk of overheating and starting fires. The warning applies to all Note 7 devices, whether they are the original recalled models or phones that Samsung provided to dealers and customers as replacements. “No one should have to be concerned their phone will endanger them, their family or their property,” CPSC Chairman Elliot Kaye told USA TODAY. “Due to the ongoing safety concerns associated with Galaxy Note 7 ... Read More

Galaxy Note 7 Replacement Phones Combust, Samsung Halts Production

Samsung Electronics has suspended production of Galaxy Note 7 smartphones amid new reports that some of the devices provided as replacements in a safety recall are overheating, catching fire, and exploding. The South Korean electronics corporation recalled about 2.5 million Galaxy Note 7 phones last month as reports of explosions and fires mounted. The company attributed the problem to a defect in the lithium-ion batteries and claimed the incidents were “isolated cases” stemming from mass production issues. Samsung took a similar stance when reports emerged that the new replacement phones were also overheating, saying that “the issue does not pose ... Read More

Southwest Flight Evacuated After Samsung Replacement Phone Combusts

A Southwest Airlines flight was evacuated on the runway in Louisville, Ky., Wednesday morning after a passenger’s replacement Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphone burst into flames and reportedly burned a hole in the floor of the aircraft. Southwest flight 994 passenger Brian Green had just powered down his Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phone as the Baltimore-bound plane was preparing for takeoff when it burst into flames. A nearby passenger said Mr. Green immediately dropped the flaming device on the floor. Passengers remained calm as airline attendants consulted with pilots in the cockpit. Within seconds, the captain came out and told ... Read More

Samsung Washing Machines Can Explode During Spin Cycle, CPSC Warns

Samsung relaunched its Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones this week after recalling over the risk of explosion and fires. But while that problem is in the process of being resolved, another one has emerged to compound the Korean tech giant’s headache: exploding washing machines. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a warning to consumers Thursday that certain top-loading washing machines can blow apart during the spin cycle, potentially causing property damage and/or serious bodily harm to anyone near the appliance. According to an ABC investigative report, the CPSC has received 21 reports of top-loading washing machines made by ... Read More

RWS Manufacturing plant ignites months after OSHA uncovers ‘potential fire and explosion hazards’

Despite attempts by federal workplace safety officials to help rectify the company’s potential fire and explosion hazards, RWS Manufacturing’s wood-shaving plant in Queensbury, N.Y., caught fire Tuesday morning. According to the TimesUnion, fire crews from three different communities responded to the fire early Tuesday morning. The plant was just warned two months ago by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) that it was exposing employees to “potential fire and explosion hazards.” OSHA visited the plant in July and uncovered six violations totaling nearly $50,000, and levied an additional $147,000 in fines because the company had failed to fix previous violations uncovered ... Read More

CPSC Announces Official Recall of All Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Smartphones

U.S. safety regulators announced a formal recall of all Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones Thursday amid a mounting number of reports of the devices exploding and starting fires. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) urges all Samsung Note 7 users to stop using the devices immediately and make sure they are powered off. The recall affects about one million of the Samsung smartphones in the U.S. sold through wireless carriers and electronics stores nationwide for about $850. Customers who have purchased a Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphone since they were first made available to the public on Aug. 19 ... Read More

Exploding E-Cigarette Causes N.J. Mall Scare

A New Jersey woman said it’s important for people to be aware of what can happen to e-cigarettes even when they aren’t being used or charged after her own device exploded inside her purse while she was shopping. Surveillance video from inside a Sunglass Hut at Freehold Raceway in Freehold, N.J., shows Mara McInerney paying at the register when black smoke and flames shoot out of her Louis Vuitton bag on the counter. Ms. McInerney told News 12 New Jersey that she heard a pop that sounded like a gunshot, which made her think that some kind of terrorist attack might be ... Read More