Samsung handset explodes and starts a fire that destroys a car (VIDEO)



According to a report from ABC affiliate WXYZ, a woman from Detroit was traveling in her car back on May 21st with a Samsung Galaxy S4 and a Samsung Galaxy S8 in a cupholder. Suddenly, she saw a spark coming from one of the two handsets, and it caught fire. She pulled over, but her car was soon completely covered in flames. "I thought I was going to die when I saw the sparks and the fire," said the unnamed victim.

WXYZ spoke with the Detroit Fire Department, which confirmed the woman's story. Her attorney, Gerald Thurswell, says that the female driver is having trouble sleeping and is left with emotional scares related to the fire. The attorney added, "We’ve contacted Samsung. They’ve been very responsible and sent a crew to examine the car and portions of the phone. Once it’s determined which of the phones and that one is recalled, we’ll probably save lives." So far, no lawsuit has been filed.


You might remember that Samsung had a problem when several Galaxy Note 7 units started exploding a couple of years ago. An issue with the battery used on the Note 7 was found to be the cause of this dangerous problem that forced Samsung to recall the phone twice and finally take the device off the market.

source: WXYZ

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68 Comments

2. fyah_king unregistered

S4? Wow!!!!

15. Stormrider

Posts: 66; Member since: Aug 30, 2016

Not everyone is able to get the latest 1000$ phone. I still use Xperia Z2 and it's working just fine.

26. deanylev

Posts: 234; Member since: Mar 11, 2014

Z2 is awesome! I really miss mine. Design is still one of the best, even with the thicker than average bezels.

20. mootu

Posts: 1495; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

C'mon, First story blamed on fake battery. 2nd story is 5 years old. 3rd story is 4 years. You can do better than that.

38. NateDiaz

Posts: 1084; Member since: Mar 03, 2018

Idiot. These all stories are about S4. How old Galaxy S4 is? Who said IQ doesn't define intelligence? Just look at this guy's comment.

68. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Whoever said IQ doesn't define intelligence is a total nitwit, since IQ literally means Intelligence quotient. IQ doesn't say everything about being smart or knowledge. But it says everything about intelligence.

67. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

10/10 response to highlight his insane hypocrisy. We have had a lot more cases from Apple recently than Samsung, but both have been very limited.

5. syam7863

Posts: 73; Member since: Sep 15, 2016

"Suddenly, she saw a spark coming from one of the two handsets, and it caught fire" If she knew it came from only one of the phones, she should know from which phone it came from. No mention of it whatsoever. I believe that she was charging the phone using a car charger, or the s4 used a counterfeit battery. I'm not trying to back Samsung up. I kinda hate Samsung, but this kind of news is not fair.

9. torr310

Posts: 1645; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Most of time stories don't reveal details or behind the scenes.

11. RevolutionA

Posts: 392; Member since: Sep 30, 2017

That's one more among the pile of reasons to buy Apple phone

25. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Yeah like they don't explode or catch fire /s

29. razmahtaz001

Posts: 501; Member since: May 11, 2013

did the phone kill this lady? so she saw sparks, car caught on fire...pulled over but car was almost completely in flames. how does that happen? did she pour gas all over in the interior of her car and phones...then lit it on fire? thats the only way her car would burn and instantly all in flames LOL

36. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1365; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

iPhones have killed and injured people too. Why do you think Apple implemented the CPU throttling on older iPhones? To prevent them from damaging the battery further than acceptable tolerances and increasing the risk of exploding batteries.

54. sissy246

Posts: 7064; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

iPhones have COUGHT fire too.

71. andynaija

Posts: 1255; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

You need to CATCH a dictionary.

13. Vokilam

Posts: 1181; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

samsung (and others) make you sign a non-disclosure agreement before helping you out (read that somewhere before, when the whole thing with note 7 happened)

23. IT-Engineer

Posts: 530; Member since: Feb 26, 2015

My thoughts exactly, she probably bought a third part Chinese cheap battery for her old S4, but she will never say so or the insurance will not pay.

30. razmahtaz001

Posts: 501; Member since: May 11, 2013

so if she was charging the phone while it was in the cup holder, then blame the cup holder and this person...smartphones get warm while charging...and to have it charging in a cup holder is only made matters worse...i wonder if this person charges her phone under a pillow?

6. xfire99

Posts: 1205; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

Samsung will copy Apple usually answer. This can happen if you dont use original batteries from Samsung. So its 3rd party batteries to blaim. Samsung recommends to only use original parts. :p

7. biagnosis

Posts: 106; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Oh, didn't I just read that Samsung S9/+ had the highest number of sales for April 2018? Ah, that's why this article was published. Lol. You can't beat the King #Samsung

8. Cicero

Posts: 1114; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

I just pulled up the battery inside my old S4 because it start to inflate. But it was an old one, around 4 years, and the phone is used like camera surveillance beeing all time power plugged in. I had also an iPhone 3G which start inflated it battery 3 years ago. So, s...t happen all the time with old batteries. Good that no tragedy involved.

14. Vokilam

Posts: 1181; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

oh man, I had my wifes old iphone 5 battery swell up after i noticed the screen popping off. It was ALSO used as remote camera using "MANYTHING" app. It happened couple days after I took it down (as I was moving stuff around in the house). It was plugged into charger for 2 or more years like that. as soon as I took it down - the battery swelled up popped the screen off by about 4mm. but still worked, naturally i turned it off and never turned it on or used again. what app do you use?

17. torr310

Posts: 1645; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

It's unfair without considering misuse. Blame all faults on manufacturers! LOL

21. BLUEBLASTER

Posts: 926; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

LOL here we go again!

22. miketer

Posts: 513; Member since: Apr 02, 2015

All cars are fitted with accessories and seats that use fire retardant materials, that can withstand fire for a certain period of minutes let's say. But this lady mentions that the whole car got gutted in fire by the time she pulled over. I know the seats and plastics, even if it catches fire, doesn't spread instantly. Anyways, made me remember to replace the expired fire extinguisher in my vehicle.

48. gamehead unregistered

Everyone should have a extinguisher in their car. More important that a spare tire if you ask me

69. worldpeace

Posts: 3124; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

It's obligatory for car manufacturer to include mini extinguisher under driver seat (at least in my country :-/)

70. worldpeace

Posts: 3124; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Let's just appreciate this Lady's effort to fill her car with inflammable stuffs, and pull this stunt. /s

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