CPSC: Second Galaxy Note 7 recall is now official


In case anyone was in doubt what will happen after Samsung announced a halt in production and distribution of the Note 7 at the beginning of the week, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just made the second recall of the phone official. In an updated press statement dated October 13, the agency lists the reason for the recall as "The lithium-ion battery in the Galaxy Note7 smartphones can overheat and catch fire, posing serious fire and burn hazard to consumers."

The second recall comes less than a month after the first one that the CPSC issued on September 15, and means that Samsung is going through all the official recall hoops that are required of a consumer electronics company by the Feds shortly after the issue arose, unlike the timing confusion the first time. 

Long story short, anyone who has a Note 7, including a replacement unit with the green battery indicator and all, should "contact your wireless carrier, place of purchase or Samsung toll-free at 844-365-6197 anytime, or go online at http://www.samsung.com," to return those and get a refund, or exchange with another phone, and pocket the difference.

October 13, 2016

Samsung, the wireless carriers, and the retailers are doing the right thing for their customers, in light of recent cases of overheating and burning with replacement Galaxy Note7 smartphones. Now, we need affected consumers to respond—without delay. The fire hazard with the original Note7 and with the replacement Note7 is simply too great for anyone to risk it and not respond to this official recall.

It’s not worth risking your safety and the safety of others—at home, at work, on the road or in the air. We worked cooperatively with Samsung on an official recall that provides consumers two remedy options—a full refund or a free replacement phone. Consumers should respond to the recall and not hold on to the phone. Samsung and CPSC are pushing for a 100% response rate to this recall.

"The Galaxy Note7 recall has proven to be a real challenge for Samsung. I am very concerned that consumers who exchanged their phones for replacement Galaxy Note 7s are now at risk again. We at CPSC have worked diligently under difficult circumstances to protect consumers and bring this matter to an appropriate close. CPSC will continue to hold Samsung and other companies accountable when consumer safety is put at risk.

No one should ever have to worry that a battery-powered device might put them, their family or their property at risk. I would like to remind consumers once again to take advantage of the remedies offered, including a full refund. If you own a Galaxy Note7, contact Samsung or your wireless carrier and participate in this recall. It’s the right thing to do and the safest thing to do.

source: CPSC
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