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Samsung Note 7 Fires Caused by “Aggressive” Battery Design: Report

A teardown of the Galaxy Note 7 has found that Samsung engineers didn’t allow enough internal space for the phone’s large battery, which caused pressure buildup, short-circuit and fires.

A teardown of the Galaxy Note 7 has found that Samsung engineers didn’t allow enough internal space for the phone’s large battery, which caused pressure buildup, short-circuit and fires.

Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If your Samsung phone caught fire and/or exploded, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit and our lawyers can help.

What’s the Problem?

December 7, 2016 – After acquiring a Samsung Note 7, engineers at manufacturing technology company Instrumental took the phone apart to see what was going on inside. They discovered that the battery was so tightly packed inside the device’s body that any pressure from battery expansion, or stress on the body itself, may squeeze together layers inside the battery that are not supposed to touch — with explosive results.

Batteries expand under normal use, and users place stress on a phone’s body when it’s handled roughly or dropped. Allowances for battery expansion are calculated during a smartphone’s design phase; however, Instrumental said that Samsung used “a super-aggressive manufacturing process to maximize capacity.” In other words, the Note 7 was designed to be as thin as possible while simultaneously containing the maximum battery capacity, which significantly increased the likelihood that the devices would catch fire and explode.

Instrumental says the space above a battery inside a device needs a “ceiling” that equates to about 10% of its overall thickness. The Note 7 should have had a 0.5mm ceiling; it had none.

“It breaks such a basic rule, it must have been intentional,” the report concluded. “they shipped a dangerous product.”

The reports of fire and explosion that led to the Note 7 recall highlights the risks involved in packing increasingly more battery power into ever thinner smartphones. The Note 7 debuted in August to rave reviews for its speed, software features and an estimated 9 hours of run-time between charges. However, all that power came at a price: users began reporting the phones were catching fire and/or exploding. All told, the fiasco may cost Samsung more than $20 billion, and reports like the one by Instrumental won’t help re-establish trust in the brand.

Do I Have a Samsung Note 7 Lawsuit?

The Product Liability Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Samsung Galaxy lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new burn injury cases in all 50 states.

Free Case Evaluation: Again, if you suffered a burn injury from a Samsung Note 7 or other Galaxy smartphone, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.

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