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Samsung Galaxy Note 7 replacements keep catching fire

It turns out the Southwest Airlines incident was not an isolated event. Multiple other reports of replaced handset burning up have been surfacing.

Published onOctober 9, 2016

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 made it to the no-fly list during its recall. And for good reason; we don’t want anything catching fire on planes, right? That is exactly what happened in Southwest Airlines flight, but the main problem is that the Galaxy Note 7 that ignited on the plane was a replacement… which was supposed to be safe.

It turns out this is not really an isolated event. Multiple other incidents of replaced handset burning up have been surfacing. KSTP news reports a melting phone in Farmington, Minnesota. The device was replaced and supposed to be the safe solution, but it melted on a teenager’s hand, leaving a small burn in her thumb.

Another incident was reported in Nicholasville, Kentucky, where a man’s Galaxy Note 7 replacement unit caught fire last Tuesday. The phone was sitting in his room, unplugged and not in use. The user then noticed his room was filled with smoke and walked in to find the Galaxy Note 7 in flames. Later that day he was diagnosed with acute bronchitis.

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Samsung wanted to take the phone to further investigate the matter; a request to which the owner declined, but Sammy did pay to have it x-rayed. That was all good, until he mistakenly got a text message from Samsung that wasn’t intended for him. It read: “Just now got this. I can try and slow him down if we think it will matter, or we just let him do what he keeps threatening to do and see if he does it”.

Not so friendly, right? To make matters even worse, a fourth report in less than a week is showing up this morning. This time the affected device is in Virginia and caught fire on Shawn Minter’s night stand. It was also a replacement. Similarly to the previous case, the owner’s room was filled with smoke, causing panic. He has now replaced his phone for a Samsung Galaxy S7.

Meanwhile, AT&T has halted sales and replacements of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7. You can, however, exchange your replacement device for another model, which may be the smartest choice to take at this point.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is an amazing device, but by now it has proven to also be dangerous. Maybe new customers should wait until everything is completely settled before buying a Note 7. Either that or opt for another phone.

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