Our lawyers are accepting potential lawsuits for people who were burned by Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones, which have been recalled due to a potential battery defect that can result in fires.
Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If your Samsung phone caught fire and burned you, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against the manufacturer and our lawyers can help.
Update: Note 7 Fires Caused by “Aggressive” Battery Design, Report Finds
December 7, 2016 – 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. Allowances for battery expansion are calculated during a smartphone’s design phase; however, Samsung used “a super-aggressive manufacturing process to maximize capacity” which increased the risk of explosion and fire, according to the engineers who performed the teardown.
What’s the Problem?
On September 2, 2016, Samsung recalled its flagship smartphone, the Galaxy Note 7, in 10 countries, including the U.S., just 2 weeks after the product was launched. Six days later, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) advised passengers not to use, charge, or even stow Galaxy Note 7 phones on domestic flights.
Airlines in Australia and Singapore have restricted passengers from using or charging the devices during flights. An investigation launched in response to dozens of consumer complaints about Samsung phones catching fire identified a potential battery flaw that affects about 1 in 42,000 units.
Are Lawsuits Being Filed?
At least 2 lawsuits have already been filed over burn injuries allegedly caused by Samsung phones:
- Daniel Ramirez was working construction at a jobsite in Akron, Ohio, on May 30, 2016, when his Galaxy S7 Edge allegedly caught fire and exploded in his pocket, causing him second and third degree burns. Ramirez claims he heard a high-pitched whistling noise coming from the pocket, and that the phone caught fire and exploded as he tried to remove it. The complaint was filed on September 8 in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Bergen County.
- Jonathan Strobel suffered second degree burns to his thigh and first degree burns on his fingers after trying to retrieve a burning Galaxy Note 7 from his pocket, according to a lawsuit filed in Florida. Strobel said he hopes to bring more attention to the Samsung Galaxy battery defect, and wants people to know others have been injured and that the phones should have been recalled sooner.
What’s the Difference Between the Note 7 and S7 Edge?
Only slight differences separate the recalled Galaxy Note 7 from the Galaxy S7 Edge, according to Android Authority. The Note 7 has a 3,500 mAh battery, compared to a 3,600 mAh battery in the S7 Edge.
Samsung’s SDI subsidiary makes the potentially defective Note 7 battery at the center of last month’s recall. It is unclear whether SDI also manufactures the S7 Edge’s larger battery.
Safety Concerns with Lithium Ion Batteries
The Samsung Note 7 recall highlights the pressures tech companies face as they look for more powerful, lightweight and quick recharging batteries to power today’s electronic devices. Lithium-ion batteries first became popular in the early 1990s when they were widely used in Camcorders and other handheld video devices. The batteries are useful because they can store large amounts of energy in a small space; however, this same quality also makes lithium-ion batteries dangerous. The more energy stored, the potentially more dangerous a battery becomes.
Samsung Refuses to Pay for Galaxy Note 7 Fire Damage
October 21, 2016 – A number of people whose property was damaged when their Note 7 phones exploded are claiming that Samsung won’t compensate them for replacement costs, according to The Guardian. The global Note 7 recall is expected to cost Samsung up to $17 billion in lost revenue, and refusing to cover damage caused by the device appears to some as a way of squeezing customers over every dollar of compensation.
Samsung Note 7 Banned on All U.S. Flights
October 17, 2016 – Galaxy Note 7 phones are now banned from all U.S. airline flights after nearly 100 incidents of the devices overheating and catching fire, according to the Department of Transportation (DOT). Samsung has received at least 96 U.S. complaints of Galaxy Note 7 batteries overheating, including 23 new reports since the September 15 recall. The company has also received 13 reports of burns and 47 reports of property damage associated with Note 7 fires.
Samsung Permanently Discontinues Galaxy Note 7
October 12, 2016 – A day after Samsung told partners and carriers to stop selling its troubled Galaxy Note 7 following reports of fire and explosions in replacement devices, the company announced that it would end production of its flagship smartphone all together. Samsung, once considered South Korea’s largest and most profitable company, now faces a seemingly insurmountable $17 billion in projected revenue loss, based on a Reuters calculation of the cost of the smartphones.
Samsung Halts Production of Galaxy Note 7 Amid Reports of Fire in Replacement Phones
October 10, 2016 – Samsung Electronics announced yesterday that is temporarily discontinuing production of its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones following reports of replacement devices catching fire, another blow to a company trying to manage one of the worst tech product roll-outs in recent memory. The news followed reports that all 4 major U.S. carriers of the Note 7 — Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint — have stopped exchanging or selling the devices, according to CNBC.
Replacement Note 7 Catches Fire on Plane
October 6, 2016 – A Southwest flight was evacuated yesterday at Louisville International Airport after a man’s replacement Samsung Galaxy Note 7 began smoking at the gate while he was powering it down. Brian Green, owner of the Note 7, told The Verge that he had put the device in his pocket before the flight was about to begin when it began smoking. He dropped it on the floor and “thick grey-green angry smoke” started pouring from the phone. The flight was evacuated while still at the gate and no injuries were reported, according to a Southwest spokesperson.
Samsung Investigating Galaxy Note 7 Fire in China
September 29, 2016 – A Chinese man is claiming that his replacement Note 7 caught fire within 24 hours of being shipped to him, raising concerns about whether Samsung’s problems with battery fires are spreading to newer versions of the device. A representative from Samsung was sent out to meet with the man and take his smartphone to investigate the problem, but he wanted to go public first, according to Bloomberg. The explosion allegedly resulted in minor burns to 2 of the customer’s fingers, as well as damaged his MacBook.
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Recall Replacements in Stores Now
September 21, 2016 -Samsung has shipped over 500,000 Galaxy Note 7 replacement units to carrier and retail stores in the U.S., the company announced on Tuesday. The smartphones are available for exchange at retail stores today, nearly a week after the CPSC issued a voluntary recall for the devices.
Do I Need a Galaxy Note 7 Recall Lawyer?
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 recall 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.