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

50. Mystery Man unregistered

Hmmm. Doubt it, doubt it, doubt it!! Looks like someone smashed him in the head with his own phone which is what someone should do. I thing its bogus and I think the guy is making up a story in his own little world. Why would the phone explode but then remain fully functional. I've been directly involved in the wireless industry for over 15 years and I have never seen a phone create this much damage. And what about pain? He claims the phone went pop and then he suddenly realized there was blood running down his face. No painful sting, or burn inside his ear along with hearing loss or ringing? Yeah, like I said...Bogus lawsuit looking for some cash.

49. vinsterdamus

Posts: 58; Member since: Feb 20, 2010

oh man you guys have it bad in the US. In my country we have healthcare for everyone. I just pay about 100 euro's a month and that covers almost everything. "Health insurance costs tens of thousands of dollars per year" That's just sad. So why are so much people agains the unified healthcare plans? /totally off topic

46. hicksshouldnthavephones unregistered

first off, this guy is a fat redneck moron. secondly.. he probly cant read let alone use this phone anyways. and third... if you dont have insurance your a deadbeat loser. I have been in the cell phone business my whole life, and i have never EVER heard of a phone blowing up in someones ear with 0 batter damage.. let alone this phone. The motorola droid 2 is a beast. and if you look at the picture.. it doesnt even show any glass that fell from the so called "explosion" this a-hole probly fell off his horse after an afternoon down at the local watering hole and smashed his phone with the side of his stupid hollow ass head ... i hope moto does a full evaluation and makes this guy pay for making them look bad and exploiting his own stupidity ... people in this country are rediculous!!! and if you side with him your rediculous as well!!! this is just like toyota.. people crashing their cars to get compensation because of the media.. i wonder how many more iditots are going to complain of their droids blowing up in their faces?

45. chupum

Posts: 115; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

Wow! I didn't take a look at that video until now. And you can see fragments of the screen depressed inside of glass. If the force had been exerted from the phone, should shards of the screen be out of the area of the explosion? hmmm it sucks that this American has no health insurance, but it sounds like he is trying to gain some money by scamming people... fishy!

44. chester1908 unregistered

I hope you are aware that there are a LOT of sh!t in these smartphones.antenna for Gsm,3g,wifi, radio, gps and whatever. Who knows which of these components is placed near the speaker.Some new phones even have sensor near the speaker to detect when your ear is "approaching" so they turn of the screen light (and turn back on when its not near).Maybe that part broke down,who knows. Its not good to say "he lied,he should have bought a health insurance" etc. This guy just having this accident may as well have saved some one else's ear or worse

43. Infil unregistered

How did the screen take an impact from the outside? Look at the pictures thats a hit to the front of the screen. No burn marks on the phone...and btw, the battery on these phones is quite a bit under where the incident happened. I call a BS flag on this.....why was he on the phone driving to work anyway..isnt that illegal?

42. halcyon unregistered

This is a joke! The guy broke his screen and then put it to his ear and cut himself. Only after 2 days of having the phone, he knew he did have phone insurance and it would have been pretty expensive to replace so most likely fabricated this exploding phone story along with his school teacher wife then instructing parents not to allow children to have smartphones. This guy is lame!

41. Treeko unregistered

I find the story to be fishy, but comparing a phone bill to paying insurance is stupid. And if you get the phone on contract, you don't have to pay much. $96 per month for a phone is a lot more affordable than $200 - $300 per month for insurance. I have a cellphone but no insurance. Infact, I have the same phone this guy has, except mine doesn't explode.

39. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Man this guy probably uses his phone way too much. That's the problem right their just want to make some money.

33. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

What's fun is that yes, exploding glass faces have happened. On iPhones. Multiple cases, all confirmed, I believe. Likely caused by previous damage, but still. And now we have one case of a probable scam by an idiot.

27. ridiculous unregistered

Look at the amount of blood that is on the guy's face compared to the phone. Are you telling me that the few shards of glass that possibly came off that phone caused him to bleed that much?!? Looks more like he smacked himself in the face with his phone. The screen doesn't even look like it exploded. Ridiculous.

24. Junior

Posts: 52; Member since: Jun 09, 2010

I would love to see a follow up to this story. I want Motorola to pwn his ass.

25. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

just for the lols

23. Android

Posts: 21; Member since: Dec 04, 2010

to anjahl Please!! I really doubt that hick knows how to overclock his phone. He would probably think the kernel is the old man from the KFC commercials.

21. anjahl

Posts: 7; Member since: Oct 03, 2010

the device would have shut off before it got that hot. unless hes rooted with a bad rom/ overclock kernel

20. blablabla unregistered

After watching again I realize that this white trash couple is out for a scam.... is she now an advocate for the protection of children against angry smartphones " people buy these for their kids..." really? One (1) alleged case and now she's the FCC ... telling parents to not buy them.... and going after Verizon? That's like going after Target after purchasing a defective item from them. They DO NOT make these products. And why ... if he panicked would he drive to the school for her to take photos? And why is this being reported as if they know he's telling the truth... they even get the name of the phone wrong.

26. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

I bet they have nothing better to show and decided to play the "game" *insert anti iPhone fanboy joke here* *insert generic joke related with Steve jobs* just for the lols

32. XxVerbalxX unregistered

*the glass on my iphone only cuts me when i drop it a foot or so first* *according to steve jobs it was adobe flash that caused the explosion. it is that unstable. html5 would of just caused facial burns*

34. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Lol @ second

19. blablabla unregistered

I'm not sure there's any mechanism at that specific point on the device that could cause the sort of explosion that would lead to his injury. Perhaps preexisting damage to the screen from where he sat on it and never realized it until he crammed the phone into his ear. Seems like a scam from this point of view.

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)

16. Rawrzellers

Posts: 224; Member since: Aug 22, 2010

Everyone wants to sue.

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!!!

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...

9. Mattihafler unregistered

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

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!

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