Just one day before Apple’s iPhone 7 hits the market, the news keeps getting worse for Samsung and its Galaxy Note 7 handset. The Consumer Product Safety Commission in the United States has officially recalled the handset after 92 reports of the handset overheating and exploding.
A bad battery
In the official recall notice, the governmental agency said that Samsung has noted 26 reports of burns and 55 reports of property damage in the United States. That includes fires in cars and a garage.
The recall covers around 1 million handsets in the United States:
Consumers should immediately stop using and power down the recalled Galaxy Note7 devices purchased before September 15, 2016. Contact the wireless carrier, retail outlet or Samsung.com where you purchased your device to receive free of charge a new Galaxy Note7 with a different battery, a refund or a new replacement device. Go to www.samsung.com for more details.
Samsung says that replacement devices could be available later this month. The issue apparently stemmed from a defective batch of batteries.