US Galaxy Note 7 recall turns governmental, 92 incidents reported, replacements coming September 21

Enough confusion, speculation, mixed public messages, and failed attempts at containing one of the biggest scandals in the smartphone industry’s history without properly involving the authorities.

Samsung is ready to take the bull by the horns at last, working with the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission to ensure the “about 1 million” hazardous Galaxy Note 7 devices sold in the country before September 15 are all taken off the streets, replaced, and buried somewhere they can do no more harm.

Speaking of, the CPSC has confirmed the overheating battery report count now stands at a staggering 92 on American shores alone, including 26 alleged instances of (mostly mild) human burns and 55 property damage claims, such as highly publicized car and garage fires.

The US government’s independent agency in charge of consumer product safety urges Note 7 buyers they “immediately stop using and power down” the recalled phones, reminding them the lithium-ion battery inside “can overheat and catch fire, posing a serious burn hazard to consumers.”

Unfortunately, unless Samsung reconsiders its stance on remote deactivation, there’s little else the OEM and any government agency can do to get reckless, misinformed or just stubborn people to listen. By the way, you have mere days to wait for safe-to-use replacements, fully approved by the CPSC, which will be available “no later than September 21” nationwide. So, no, the whole depending on your phone and needing one in your pocket every waking moment, regardless of the risks, is no longer an acceptable excuse. Just… return… it!!!

Sources: CPSC, Samsung

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