Man claims Motorola DROID 2 exploded leaving him injured

Man claims Motorola DROID 2 exploded leaving him injured
A man from North Texas was just finishing a call on his brand new Motorola DROID 2 when the phone reportedly exploded leaving the man injured and bleeding. The man, Aron Embry, said he heard a loud “pop” and then noticed blood dripping down his face. After treatment at a local emergency room, he received four stitches, but was told that he won't suffer hearing loss. The incident will be investigated, however for the time being there is no official confirmation of the man's statement.

“Once I got to the mirror and saw it, it was only then I kind of looked at my phone and realized that the screen had appeared to burst outward," he said. The phone, however, stayed fully functional with an unaffected battery and almost no signs of damage except for the shattered glass near the speaker. The man and his family were uninsured and would seek compensation from Motorola and Verizon.

Motorola released an official statement to reassure customers that it will investigate the issue:
 “Motorola’s priority is, and always has been the safety of our customers, and all Motorola products are designed, manufactured and tested to meet or exceed international and local standards for consumer safety. We will reach out to the consumer and investigate this thoroughly.”

Exploding phones are a rare occasion, but such cases are not unseen and some of them have been fatal. Unlike this case, in which the battery remained unaffected, the most common reason for exploding phones seems to be related to the battery. So if you decide to change the battery on your handset you should be extra careful to choose a compatible product. Other than that to further protect yourself you could keep the phone away from liquids and monitor if it overheats.

source: WFAA via Androidos.in

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50 Comments

1. narley

Posts: 357; Member since: May 14, 2009

ha ha ha omg. of coarse its a guy with no insurance thats phone "explodes". heres a thought, dont buy three hundred dollar phones... get insurance moron.

35. chupum

Posts: 115; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

It's not that he's seeking compensation for his phone, but he's seeking compensation for any medical bills he may have accrued from the phone improperly working... So I guess I'll conclude by saying that you're the moron for not understanding the article.

36. chupum

Posts: 115; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

Also know that there is a big portion of America that still lives without health insurance and are still making 50-60k / per year... It's called the middle class. And saying that the guy was stupid enough to get a $200 phone over getting insurance is just absolutely ridiculous and should be slapped for poor logic. Health insurance costs tens of thousands of dollars per year if you're not insured by your job. And you're saying that an extra $200 in your pocket is going to offset insurance?! Stop being a hipster and try to pay your own insurance. See how easy it is then. Bunch ingrates out there! ugh.

40. nne unregistered

If you are making 50-60k/year then not having insurance would be a choice. Also it's very unlikely the phone exploded. This guy is the James Sikes of the mobile world.

47. curtisblow unregistered

In regards to your take on health insurance. I have health insurance I have a deductible, which I finally met for the year. It's December, which means even with my insurance I'm still paying out of pocket when I go to the doctor. Most doctors, at least every one I've ever been to, have allowed me to set up payments. This is how it goes. And I agree that the man should probably prioritize. Insurance first, then a damn phone. This isn't an issue of logic. This is an issue of a man pouring money into a monthly cell phone bill, rather than a monthly insurance premium. Chupum, your "logic" is foolish and your estimate for annual insurance costs is ridiculous.

48. escapeplan unregistered

"Health insurance costs tens of thousands of dollars per year if you're not insured by your job". In no way is this a correct statement. Shop around and don't buy a plan with a super low deductible. I think what the person who made the comment about getting insurance before buying an expensive phone was getting at is not that $200 is the difference in having or not having health insurance but rather making a point about peoples spending priorities. 69 dollars a month plus a 30 dollar data plan, and whatever extras like texting a other add-ons, could translate into a fairly decent health insurance plan for a white male in peak condition like our bleeder here.

2. downbeat4

Posts: 94; Member since: Dec 03, 2010

I can see it now....."quick honey....get me my phone!!"

3. hawk62

Posts: 320; Member since: Nov 21, 2009

He is just waiting for the POS in the whitehouse to insure him on my hard earned dollar. But like the last guy said he cant afford insurance but has a $200 phone with a $100/month plan!

11. saneok

Posts: 78; Member since: Oct 01, 2009

that is fucking bullshit. insurance is very expensive and you have to pay every month! this phone you can buy only once and then pay 30 $ for the data plan. That is affordable. I am sure millions of americans have smart phones and don't have insurance. I am one of them. and i personally believe the guy. I don't think this is a scam and i think he shouldn't pay a dime for his medical bill.

12. narley

Posts: 357; Member since: May 14, 2009

wow buddy you need insurance so you can see a therapist for this misplaced rage you have here...

22. Stoli89

Posts: 333; Member since: Jun 28, 2010

It's apparent that his private insurance doesn't cover mental therapy.

37. chupum

Posts: 115; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

I'm a physician and I believe that narley is absolutely blind to the realities of America. Sit in your corner with your B.A. in reganomics, play with your smart phone and leave the politics to those who have a true higher education.

30. XxVerbalxX unregistered

you already pay it due to your ever increasing insurance premiums. might as well get them coverage so that you or the company you work for can have more affordable insurance to give to its employees. that way people like me who work for a small business and want health insurance dont have to do a $1500 co-pay b4 insurance kicks in on an 80/20 split (plus paying almost $300 a month of it)

38. chupum

Posts: 115; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

Hawk, seriously, if you don't like the management of a company, you always have the option of finding another job. Same goes for your citizenship. The reason why this "POS" is in office is because you and your way of thinking didn't get up off your ass and go out and rally support for the other guy. So don't think slinging insults about our president is going to win you any sympathy. You're just as responsible for our president as we are. Stop bitching! And your taxes are the price to pay for living in any society that protects god given rights to you and every citizen in that country. Shut up and pay your dues. If not I suggest you pack up your bags and live somewhere else. Besides. The U.S. has one of the LOWEST income tax rates in the world!

4. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

thats a serious case of "I need money for X-mass" exploiting cellphone with not fault on the battery? and... damage cause my the screen cracking? this is by far the dumbest attempt to scam a company... did he hammered down the phone with his head? maybe that way he can get stitches... and seriously... your phone will shutdown before it reaches the temperature needed to make the glass explode... with unharmed battery i really pity him

28. gropro

Posts: 5; Member since: Dec 04, 2010

u dumb polish shitt fuk off ur not funny

31. XxVerbalxX unregistered

already got a phonecall about this working here at a verizon dealer. had to talk someone off the ledge on returning due to fear. battery didnt explode plus thats gorrila glass. he hit the earpiece with a hammer and used the broken glass to cut his face. hey moto, google, and vzw...couter sue the jack ass

5. daniel_bargs

Posts: 325; Member since: Nov 27, 2010

COUNTER-TERRORISM FAILED!

6. chris unregistered

why did the guy drive to his wifes school to take pictures rather to hospital.. it just shows you they planned this accident and had nothing to do with the phone.

7. hawk(dumbass) unregistered

how about they can't get insurance b/c of a pre-existing condition?? moron hawk go F ur self u dumb hick! probably banging ur moma right now w/ ur cousin waiting...

8. Zoo unregistered

Nice, Hawk62. Can't agree with you more about the POS in office. if you noticed in the video, the alert light still went of, which means the battery still works = battery didn't explode. Nice try. but considering their position... SCAM

13. narley

Posts: 357; Member since: May 14, 2009

ZOO FTW!

9. Mattihafler unregistered

Sure looks like he grew a second head (fatboy) in between accident and news report...

10. jd829

Posts: 155; Member since: Feb 24, 2010

DROID DOES blow up in your face

14. Zoocity

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 03, 2010

haha...

15. Preach2k

Posts: 13; Member since: Aug 30, 2010

This is how it really happened!!!!!! You spent our rent money on what !!!!? A Cell phone!!!!! Let me see it!!!!! SLAP across the face and ear with the Droid 2. I can't take it back now you broke it when you hit me with it!!!! i know how to fix it we will say it exploded while talking to you on the phone!!!

16. Rawrzellers

Posts: 224; Member since: Aug 22, 2010

Everyone wants to sue.

17. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

i'm pretty sure an explosion that made him have to get stitches and even happened at point blank would have trashed the phone a little more than just some cracking on the display. xD

18. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

yep we know he wants some $ but i guess he miscalculated the thinks, but who knows maybe he didn't wanted to damage his droid that much, juts in case the plan failed... he can still use it XD

29. gropro

Posts: 5; Member since: Dec 04, 2010

dont talk ur polish (protolez)

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