Halt and catch fire: US starts getting its own blazing Note 7 situations

Halt and catch fire: US starts getting its own blazing Note 7 situations
We were feeling a bit left out here in the US when it came to rogue Note 7 units catching fire, as most reports have been for users in Australia and other far away places, but the latest reported incident feels close to home. Apparently, a Florida man had their Note 7 unit set itself ablaze while he was using it, though he apparently threw it away immediately after it started getting hot, and didn't sustain major injuries.

The twist in this story is that the guy wasn't even charging the phone, so apparently the anode and cathode of the Note 7 battery can get in contact any time, inflaming the volatile electrolyte material inside. Samsung says this was a rare manufacturing error, but 43 product recalls for exploding lithium-ion batteries since 2002, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission speak that those buggers are a real safety hazard, and hopefully will be replaced by a superior technology soon.

In another incident here in the good ol' USA, an employee of Action Ambulance Service in Winthrop, Massachusetts, had their Note 7 burn next to their bed while it was charging overnight. The smoking phone even triggered the fire alarm in the room, and prompted the fire department across the street to come over, while the captain there now wants to raise the issue with the state's Fire Commissioner.

source: CBS & Reddit

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2. obedchuni

Posts: 338; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

what to say, its samsung product, it will catch fire....and the fault goes to some other.

11. tedkord

Posts: 17452; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

What are your talking about? Samsung took responsibility and immediately took steps to fix the situation.

27. Mrchicago

Posts: 16; Member since: Aug 20, 2016

You're literally the worst. If Apple made this mistake with their OWN batteries and considering that Apple does the repairs in house. You would of been all over apple. I have the Note 7 and its gunna be my second time exchanging it, first time was for scratches.

48. tedkord

Posts: 17452; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

You should go back and check my posts when Apple had issues. The only thing I criticized was their responses, blaming the user and refusing to take responsibility. With the antenna of the iPhone 4, as soon as they offered the refund or bumper, I said that was enough. I applauded them when Cook took responsibility for Apple Maps. I'm not a hypocrite like certain iPhone fans. So long as the company does the right thing, I'm ok with it.

49. tedkord

Posts: 17452; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

And it's "would've", not "would of."

5. dimas

Posts: 3394; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Samsung SDI division is really going to be in hot waters now. DJ Koh will be axing top heads ang managers after solving this problem. And now I am really anticipating the 6gb ram 128gb storage note 7 on october. If you're reading this Samsung top honchos, bring the 6gb ram 128gb with different colors to non-China markets after the battery recall and you will revive note 7's profitability.

13. akowonderwoman

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 07, 2016

Interesting that pictured is clearly the S6 Active blue camo in some of the photos. I call bs


Posts: 432; Member since: Sep 29, 2015

You are correct I'm starting to think people want a free note 7.

24. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

it's a conspiracy... before Samsung announcing recall after almost a full month after launching, only 2 device burn because of 3rd party charger.. after that, on less than a week more device starting to combust claiming its use original charger, its not charging, or other variation... its totally weird, it should much less likely to happens since samsung already announced recall, shipping of recent purchase has been halted, online store offer refund, and carrier helping this recall or simply offer exchange..

45. akowonderwoman

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 07, 2016

Fo sho. I think we'll be inundated with false reports for at least the next year or so.

14. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

LOL, my wife is sad because she was going to finally replace her Galaxy S4 with this phone.

18. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Well there are plenty ways you could make her happier ;P

20. dimas

Posts: 3394; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

You can wait for october after the september recall or just go for other brands. Just stay away from xperia x, and x performance. Those phones really sucks, sony's smooth ui experience became laggy and stuttering.

23. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I was actually shocked to hear that she wanted the phone because she's one of those really odd people that hate upgrading to new devices... I guess the S4 became too problematic for her. I think we are just going to wait for Samsung to re-release the Note, or possibly just go with the S7 Active.

35. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

.... I know this is incredibly selfish of me, but I wonder if she would be willing to take my 128GB Nexus 6P and I can buy a comparable Pixel. LOL.


Posts: 121; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

Last year samsung ride on qualcomm for their heating issue, now the turn comebacks, the whole world riding on samsung for their exploding notes, world is too small.

22. monoke

Posts: 1186; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

"O hey Suzie. Yeah I heard bout the recall.. Gonna ignore those PA trolls. I got a good unit. It's working perfectly fi....Kaboom!!!

33. lnhrts

Posts: 29; Member since: Apr 27, 2015

Interesting that the video and first picture in this article are of the Samsung Galaxy S# Active while the last picture appears to be the Note 7.

37. tonyv13

Posts: 123; Member since: Jun 07, 2015

That moment when you have a note 7 and you feel you're next lol

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