The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 situation is getting more and more serious. Between children getting burned and fires getting started, Samsung has caused some serious havoc. The latest chapter in the saga? A smoking Galaxy Note 7 forced a Southwest flight to evacuate.
The real kicker to this story is that the Galaxy Note 7 in question wasn’t an old model — it was one of the replacement models. What that means is that even replacement Galaxy Note 7 phones could be at risk of exploding. Obviously, that’s not good for Samsung.
Thankfully, no one was injured in this particular incident, and the plane actually wasn’t even in the air yet — it was still boarding. But the story suggests that Samsung’s nightmare might not be over just yet. The company, however, is skeptical.
“We are working with the authorities and Southwest now to recover the device and confirm the cause,” said Samsung in a statement.
Still, a report from The Verge confirms that it was indeed a replacement device — Brian Green, who owned the phone, says that he had it replaced at an AT&T store on September 21. The Verge also got a picture of the phone’s box, showing a black square symbol that confirms it’s a replacement device. Green also says that device had a green battery icon, indicating that it’s safe to use.
Samsung officially recalled Galaxy Note 7 phones sold before September 15 a few weeks ago, after it was revealed that the devices were at serious risk of catching fire due to a battery flaw. The recall was issued after Samsung received 92 reports of Galaxy Note 7 batteries overheating; 26 of those cases resulting in burns, and 55 in property damage of some kind. In some cases there were even fires in cars and in garages. In this instance, the device caused minor damage to the plane’s carpet.
Credit: digital trends