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NY Woman Sues Samsung Over Galaxy Note 9 Smartphone Fire

A new lawsuit filed against Samsung Sept. 15 indicates the Korean Tech giant’s lithium-ion battery problems may not be entirely over. The lawsuit, filed by Long Island resident Diane Chung, claims her brand-new Samsung Galaxy Note 9 caught fire inside her purse just days after she bought the smartphone. The complaint alleges that Ms. Chung was in a building elevator when she noticed her phone had become “extremely hot” after using it. After putting the Samsung phone back in her purse, she “heard a whistling and screeching sound” followed by “thick smoke,” according to Newsweek. Ms. Chung burned her fingers ... Read More

Lithium Batteries In Some Samsung Phones Recalled

Lithium batteries installed in some refurbished Samsung Galaxy Note 4 smartphones are being recalled because of counterfeit concerns and potential malfunction, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) said. The recall involves about 10,200 Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones locked to AT&T distributed by FedEx Supply Chain (formerly GENCO) as replacement phones through AT&T’s insurance program. FedEx and Samsung found that the phone batteries “show anomalies” that could cause them to overheat and potentially start a fire. The origin of the lithium batteries hasn’t been determined, but it is known that they were not installed in the phones originally. There ... Read More

iPhone Factories using Benzene in China

Factories in China that are producing Apple iPhones as well as other products are using benzene and other poisonous chemicals in their manufacturing, and it’s allegedly making the workers sick. In a new documentary titled “Complicit,” Yi Yeting is featured. He traveled from his home in rural China to to Shenzhen, a city close to the Hong Kong border, where he was hired as a worker in a large state-owned manufacturing company. Two years later, at the age of 24, Yi was diagnosed with leukemia. Doctors confirmed the disease was due to his daily extended exposure to benzene at his job. Yi ... Read More

FSU Student’s Google Phone Bursts Into Flames

A Florida State University student talked to the press recently about his Google smartphone bursting into flames on a desk near his bed. Joseph Zilonka, an FSU freshman, told WCTV Tallahassee that he woke up Jan. 31 to a crackling noise followed by his Google Nexus 6p smartphone bursting into flames. “I didn’t expect this kind of phone to do this,” he told WCTV. Mr. Zilonka said before he went to bed, he connected the Google phone to its charger next to the bed like he does every night. Only that night, instead of being wakened by an alarm, it ... Read More

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

Samsung Blames Note 7 Fires on Lithium-ion Battery Defects

Samsung Electronics said Monday that flaws in the design and production of the lithium-ion batteries used in its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones made the devices prone to catch fire. The Korean electronics giant’s explanation of the battery problem, which prompted two Note 7 recalls and resulted in the quick demise of the device, steered blame away from the phone’s hardware and software, leaving some industry experts doubtful of the company’s findings. Samsung said in a press conference that it tested more than 200,000 smartphone and 30,000 lithium-ion batteries and found different defects in each of the two kinds of batteries ... 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

Canadian Man Badly Burned By Exploding Samsung Galaxy S-7 Smartphone

A Samsung Galaxy S-7 smartphone exploded Sunday, leaving a Canadian man with second- and third-degree burns and raising concerns that incendiary defects may not be limited to the Korean company’s Galaxy Note 7 phones, which were recalled last month amid mounting reports of fires and explosions. Amarjit Mann, a 34-year-old mechanic from Winnipeg, told CTV News that he was driving his car when he noticed the Samsung Galaxy S-7 phone in his pocket growing increasingly warmer. Concerned, he pulled over and pulled the phone out of his pocket, only to have it blow up in his hands. Despite serious burns ... Read More

Another Samsung Galaxy Phone Reportedly Exploded, But Not The Note 7

A French woman claims her Samsung Galaxy J5 smartphone caught fire and exploded at her home in Pau, France, raising concerns that the Korean electronics manufacturer’s problems go beyond its Galaxy Note 7 devices. Lamya Bouyirdane, a mother of three, said she felt the Samsung phone becoming extremely hot after her 4-year-old son handed it to her at a family gathering in their home. She then realized that the phone was swelling and smoking, so she tossed the phone away from her. “I panicked when I saw the smoke and I had the reflex to throw it away,” Ms. Bouyirdane ... 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