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More than 70 Galaxy Note 7 units have exploded in the US so far

Published Sep 13th, 2016 12:06PM EDT
Galaxy Note 7 Recall Explosions US
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Samsung said in its press announcement covering the Galaxy Note 7 recall that it found 35 incidents of faulty batteries. That number seemed like a drop in the bucket compared to the total 2.5 million units that were shipped to retail partners and consumers. But this is still a pretty serious matter that could potentially affect people’s safety. Since recalling the phablet, more Galaxy Note 7 explosion incidents have been recorded, including various cases in the US.

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It turns out there are a lot more Galaxy Note 7 units that have exploded since launch. According to data obtained by Health Canada, Samsung has received over 70 reports in the US alone since launch. Some of the most notable incidents already made the news — the Galaxy Note 7 set a house on fire, burned a Jeep, and exploded in the hands of a 6-year-old child.

Health Canada is the government agency responsible for consumer safety in the country. The agency says that almost 22,000 Galaxy Note 7 units were sold in the region since launch. Of note only one report of a battery overheating has been filed with Health Canada and Samsung Canada.

A press announcement posted on Tuesday on Samsung’s Canadian site says that Samsung officially recalled Galaxy Note 7 phones in the region, mentioning Health Canada’s official involvement. That means it’s now illegal to sell the Note 7 in the region, so you can no longer lawfully buy the phone in Canada for the time being. More information about the Canadian recall is available at this link.

A few days ago, Samsung confirmed that it partnered with the US Consumer Product Safety Commission to recall the Galaxy Note 7 in the US officially. Initially, Samsung chose to recall the handset without involving the agency, thus bypassing recall rules in the US.

Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he brings his entertainment expertise to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises.

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