Samsung is expected to issue a worldwide recall after more than 35 Samsung Galaxy Note 7 units reportedly exploded. While the global recall is yet to become official, a fresh unit in Australia has exploded leaving the owner with a huge AUD 1,800 (roughly Rs. 91,600 or $1,400) damage bill. This is the first case of a Samsung Galaxy Note 7 explosion reported in Australia, and the blast happened while the smartphone was charging.
The owner, going by the name Crushader on Reddit, relayed the entire experience. He says that the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 was kept on charge (with the original adapter and cable) in his hotel room. He woke up to find his device in flames. The explosion managed to char his hotel bedsheet and carpet as well. When he contacted Samsung, the customer care representative replaced his device with a temporary Samsung Galaxy J1, and also promised to take care of the huge hotel bill.
Furthermore, the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is also looking to issue some preventive measures for flights following reports of smartphone exploding. The FAA is considering to ban all recalled products from being taken on flights. “If the device is recalled by the manufacturer, airline crew and passengers will not be able to bring recalled batteries or electronics that contain recalled batteries in the cabin of an aircraft, or in carry-on and checked baggage,” the FAA said in a statement.
The FAA will only be able to make this ban official for the Galaxy Note 7 after Samsung involves the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) – something the consumer safety agency has already argued in favour of. Presumably, this is required before the FAA can legally ban the device from flights.
Samsung has suspended the sale of the Galaxy Note 7, but hasn’t announced an official recall. This is enabling many third party retailers to still sell the Galaxy Note 7 in various markets. The issue has been narrowed down to a fault in Samsung’s own SDI batteries that are housed in more than 70 percent of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 devices.