Sep 7th, 2016

We know that Samsung has a major safety issue on their hands with the Samsung Galaxy Note 7. They’ve issued a global recall of the device which is already said to have exceeded 2 million shipments, and carriers have stopped offering the device for the time being.

That’s why the latest episode isn’t necessarily impactful. I’m talking about a man whose phone exploded while he was sleeping inside of a hotel. The phone reportedly burst into a small flame while bein charged on the equipment included with the phone, which thankfully was loud and apparent enough to wake him up. He knocked the phone to the floor in order to try and extinguish the device.

While he burned his finger, no serious damage was caused to him. The hotel he stayed in did charge him for $1,800 in damages, though, and Samsung is reportedly footing the bill for that. We’re glad to hear that Samsung is taking care of this issue at all angles and going the extra mile to make things right for each individual case.

And while this man’s story isn’t unique by now, it serves as an eye-opener to those who think they may be safe: it could happen to anyone and everyone, and at any time. Do yourself a favor and trade your device in as soon as possible. Don’t risk serious harm to yourself or others. Let Samsung figure it out, and if you still really want a Note 7 when they do then they’ll likely make that an easy affair.

All of this is prompting some interesting responses in other areas. The FAA is supposedly thinking about whether they’ll continue to allow the device on flights. Airplanes are always a sensitive issue when it comes to this stuff, a fact that was no doubt reiterated back when airlines were forced to ban the massive amount of hoverboards that couldn’t seem to stop bursting in flames.

Of course, the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is no hoverboard. It’s a relatively small carry-on that would have to be closely inspected, which would mean that TSA agents would have to identify every modern smartphone device being taken onto a plane when there are hundreds or even thousands floating around. Doesn’t seem that feasible, does it? That’s all the more reason to do your part and get your phone replaced as soon as you can before any serious damage can be done.

[via Gizmodo]

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