Samsung has had a rough couple of weeks as it warns users of exploding batteries in their latest flagship phablet, loosing $22 billion in market share along the way. In the united states alone, there were over 70 reports of the Note 7 overheating, and earlier Saturday, the tech giant urged owners to turn the devices off immediately and take them in for an exchange.
If you are still sitting on the fence wondering if you should return your Galaxy Note 7, here are four stories that perfectly illustrate the risk you’re taking by waiting.
Man’s Home Condemned after Note 7 Allegedly Explodes in Garage
A South Carolina man found his house up in flames after leaving his Galaxy Note 7 charging in the garage. Wesley Wartzog says he left the house to pick up his two daughters and when he returned, his home was surrounded by fire fighters.
“Everybody was here and they were actually at the front door about ready to go inside and make the initial fire attack. Somebody told me that there was a fire in the garage. You know, you just don’t really ever think it will happen to you.” Wartzog told WMBF news. “They asked me if I had anything plugged in in the garage. My cell phone, which was the new Note 7, was plugged in in the garage. I also had an air compressor plugged into the same outlet but the compressor wasn’t on.”
According to WMBF, local Fire Rescue investigators said the fire originated near a wall outlet where the man’s phone was charging, however the exact cause of the fire is still unknown. As for Hartzog, his house has been condemned and his family are forced to live in hotels until he investigation is completed.
Mans Jeep Catches Fire with Note 7 Charging Inside
A Florida man watched as his Jeep was engulfed in flames after his Note 7 reportedly exploded while charging in the center console. According to a report by Fox 13, Nathan Dornacher and his family had just returned to their St. Petersburg home from a yard sale earlier that day when the fire started.
Dornacher says he left his Note 7 in the Jeep Grand Cherokee with the A/C running to keep the vehicle cool while they unloaded a desk for their daughter, purchased at a yard sale that morning. When the family returned to the car afterwards, they found it engulfed in flames.
Firefighters were able to put out the fire, Fox 13 reports, but the Jeep was totaled. Dornacher posted his own photos of the incident on Facebook (now removed), along with his explanation of what happened:
Not the barbecue I wanted on my day off. We go to a garage sale to grab a desk for Bonnie get back to the house unload the car leave it running AC on to keep the car cool we were planning on grabbing the dog and Bonnie and heading to Petco, I head back out to the car to grab my phone which was on the charger (me and Lydia always fight over the house charger) go to open the door and see flames inside… open the door and it’s engulfed run inside to get extinguisher and of course not to be found yell at Lydia to call Fire Department and well here is the end result….
In a statement to Fox 13, Samsung said that it was “aware of the incident,” and that it was “working with Mr. Dornacher to investigate his case and ensure we do everything we can for him.”
Note 7 Explosion Causes $1400 in Hotel Damages
A man traveling to Australia on business claimed that his Galaxy Note 7 phablet exploded overnight in his hotel room as he slept with it charging nearby the bed. The explosion caused nearly $1,400 in damages, according to the original reddit post by Crushader, after leaving burn marks on the hotel bed sheets and carpet.
“Phone completely fried, I can’t eject the sim tray to retrieve my sim or the SD card. I was using original charger and cable if you are wondering”, Crushader recounted on reddit, along with photos of the incident. The device also reportedly “charred the hotel room bed sheet and the carpet when I whacked it down to the floor, burnt one of my finger while doing that too.”
Crushader says based on his personal experience, it’s not worth the risk for Note 7 owners to continue using their dangerous phablets. He notes that the unfortunate event happened just days after filling out his application for a replacement. Samsung will be reportedly covering the damages to the hotel.
6-Year-Old Boy Injured in New York after Galaxy Phone Explodes
Update 9/11/2016: CBS New York later identified this phone as a Galaxy Core Prime and changes were made to the original story by the New York Post.
A young child in Brooklyn suffered burns to his hands Saturday when a Galaxy Note 7 exploded while he was using the phablet to watch videos. The boy’s grandmother told the New York Post that her grandson was taken to a local medical center to treat burns on his body – he was later released.
The resulting fire was severe enough to set off smoke alarms inside the family’s apartment. The boy’s grandmother, Linda Lewis, told the Post that her grandson is now afraid of cell phones and refuses to go near them or look at them.
“The child was watching videos on the phone when the battery exploded,” Lewis told the Post. She says the family has been in contact with Samsung, but refused to comment further.
Let these stories be a lesson for Note 7 owners
Samsung issued a worldwide recall of the fire-prone Note 7 phablet earlier this month after 35 separate reports of batteries overheating a catching fire. The Korean tech giant has agreed to replace all Galaxy Note 7’s sold prior to the recall, an estimated 2.5 million based on numbers by USA Today.
Late last week, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission stepped in, warning consumers to stop using and charging their Note 7 phablets because of the risk of explosion. That warning comes just one day after the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration told airline passengers to avoid turning on or charging Note 7s during flights.
Let these stories be a lesson, if you haven’t already powered down your phablet, do it now. The four main U.S. wireless carriers are offering those who purchased a Note 7 the option to get a refund, or swap it out for a replacement Note 7, Galaxy S7 or S7 edge from Samsung.