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Fire sweeps through Samsung lithium-ion battery plant

A Samsung facility in Northern China that manufactures lithium-ion batteries, including those blamed for the demise of the Galaxy Note 7 smartphone, burst into flames Wednesday morning. Fire emergency officials in Tianjin’s Wuqing District branch announced the incident on an official Weibo microblog account that the “material that caught fire was lithium batteries inside the production workshops and some half-finished products.” They added that 110 firefighters and 19 trucks were sent to extinguish the fire. The incident occurred around 6 a.m. inside Samsung’s SDI Co Ltd factory. SDI, along with China’s Amperex Technology Ltd. manufactured the lithium-ion batteries that powered ... Read More

iPhone investigates Reports of Exploding iPhones in China

A number of reports of iPhones catching fire and exploding have emerged in China, stoking fears amongst Chinese consumers that the Apple smartphones might be prone to the same defects that prompted Samsung to put its newly launched Galaxy Note 7 phones to rest. According to the BBC, the Shanghai Consumer Council called on Apple to investigate iPhone 6 models after receiving eight reports of iPhone 6 series devices spontaneously combusting or exploding. Nasdaq reported that the Shanghai Consumer Council said Apple had “earlier in the year, replaced a woman’s iPhone that exploded with a new one without ‘addressing the ... Read More

Samsung’s Thin Note 7 Design Compromised Batteries, Researchers Find

A defective design is allegedly what caused so many Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones to catch fire and explode, not the lithium batteries as the Korean electronics giant once indicated, an independent team of engineers and developers who solve technical problems for a living has concluded. Samsung started recalling its Note 7 devices in September as reports of fires and explosions mounted. The company remanufactured the phones using different batteries, but the problem persisted. In October, Samsung made the unprecedented move to stop production and kill the entire Note 7 product line. But the South Korean manufacturer hasn’t said much ... Read More

Feds Ban All Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Smartphones From Air Travel

Samsung has recalled its troubled Galaxy Note 7 smartphones and is offering customers a refund plus additional cash back if they turn in their old phones. But that doesn’t mean all Note 7 customers have stopped using the devices, which are prone to overheat and burst into flames. The prospect of people still using the incendiary Samsung phones has prompted federal regulators to issue an emergency order banning all Galaxy Note 7 smartphones from aircraft in the U.S. The U.S. Department of Transportation, the Federal Aviation Administration, and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration jointly issued the emergency order ... 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

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

Florida Family Blames Samsung Note 7 Phone For Incinerating Jeep

A St. Petersburg, Fla., family whose Jeep became engulfed in flames on Labor Day believes a newly purchased Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is to blame. Nathan Dornacher told WTSP Tampa Bay that he and his family were dropping some things off at the house on Labor day and left the Samsung smartphone on the center console of the Jeep Grand Cherokee charging. When Mr. Dornacher went back outside he discovered the inside of the vehicle was on fire. Within minutes, the fire had spread from the dash to the entire vehicle, leaving it a skeleton full of ash and melted ... Read More

FAA, CPSC Advise Consumers Not To Use Samsung Note 7 Smartphones

U.S. air safety regulators are urging air travelers to refrain from charging, turning on, and packing their Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones after reports of the newly released devices exploding and starting fires. The Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) unusual announcement stated that “In light of recent incidents and concerns” about Samsung’s new smartphones, it “strongly advises passengers” to refrain from activating or charging them onboard aircraft and “not to stow them in any checked baggage.” The FAA advisory is the latest measure the FAA has taken to address the risk posed by the proliferation of devices powered by rechargeable lithium-ion ... Read More