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Lawsuits Filed Over Samsung's Galaxy Note7 Exploding Hazard

Sep 21, 2016

Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., the world's largest smartphone manufacturer, is facing another lawsuit over the allegedly exploding Galaxy Note7.

The South Korean company now faces a product liability lawsuit after a Galaxy S7 Edge exploded in a man's back pocket while he was working at a construction site, according to Investopedia. The man reportedly suffered second- and third-degree burns on his thigh, groin, and lower back.

TechTimes noted that available information indicated that the device caught fire while in the man's pocket. The man stated that he heard the "phone whistling and screeching before it was engulfed in flames," wrote TechTimes. According to the lawsuit, the man heard "whistling, screeching, and vibrating, as well as smoke coming from his pocket," wrote Investopedia.

The man's right hand was injured as he attempted to pull the Samsung smartphone out of his pocket. He was unsuccessful and the phone exploded in his pocket, searing his legs and groin." His burns have been described as "permanent, life altering, and would require skin graft surgery and physical therapy," TechTimes reported.

To date, this is the second lawsuit filed against Samsung in under one week. Previously, a Florida family alleged that a Galaxy Note7s explosion led to a fire in its Jeep, wrote Investopedia.

Samsung finally issued a recall of the Galaxy Note7 last week and indicated that it had recorded a total of 35 cases of explosions in the device. Meanwhile, government institutions advised consumers against using the Galaxy Note7 under specific circumstances, Investopedia reported.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) advised passengers to turn off the smartphones when boarding flights and to not pack the phones in checked-in baggage. The U.S. Consumer Safety Product Commission (CPSC), in what ABC News described as a government-sanctioned recall, advised consumers to power the Galaxy Note7 down or to "stop charging or using them... CPSC is working quickly to determine whether a replacement Galaxy Note7 is an acceptable remedy for Samsung or their phone carriers to provide to consumers," the CPSC wrote in a news release, according to Investopedia.

Most recently, according to he CPSC, "Samsung has received 92 reports of the batteries overheating in the U.S., including 26 reports of burns and 55 reports of property damage, including fires in cars and a garage," wrote the CPSC.

Nearly one million Note7 smartphones were sold in the United States, according to the CPSC. This recall is only applicable to the Samsung Galaxy Note7 smartphones sold prior to September 15, 2016, according to ABC News. The CPSC indicated that, according to its estimates, 97 percent of those devices contained the defective battery.

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