Remember how quickly the Galaxy Note 7 explosion frenzy escalated, from one or two reported cases to 35 worldwide, at which point Samsung pulled the plug on sales and started recalling potentially hazardous devices?
It turns out those were the good times, as you may have suspected by following the news lately, and unfortunately seeing no substantial drop in coverage of high-profile fire incidents causing harm to children, destroying expensive automobiles, and burning down residential garages.
Unsurprisingly therefore, the grand total of Galaxy Note 7 battery overheating instances reported to Samsung now stands at “over 70” in the United States alone. We don’t even want to guess the new global tally. 200? 500? 1,000?
Well, one country that’s found relative shelter from exploding S Pen phablets, alongside China, is apparently Canada, where a government-coordinated recall program has nevertheless been initiated yesterday, September 12.
According to Health Canada, the national public health-responsible department of the government, there’s only been one report of a “phone battery overheating” up north, with no ensuing injuries. Of course, just 21,953 Note 7s were sold around those parts between August 19 and September 1, so it should be relatively easy to round up the faulty gadgets and swap them for brand-new, working ones.
By the way, if you’re not sure your Note 7 needs exchanging, this is the global website where you can check its IMEI number. Spoiler alert, you absolutely need to return the phone, unless purchased in China.