A third replacement Samsung Galaxy Note 7 has caught fire. Michael Klering of Nicholasville, Kentucky told WKYT that he woke up at 4am and his room was filled with smoke. The phone that Samsung had recently replaced was burning. “It wasn’t plugged in. It wasn’t anything, it was just sitting there,” he said.
According to WKYT, later that day Klering began feeling extremely ill and went to the Emergency Room. “I was vomiting black so it was very scary. It was a lot of black stuff and it didn’t look right.” Hospital records provided to WKYT showed that Klering was diagnosed with acute bronchitis. Samsung wanted to take possession of Klering’s phone but he refused. He did allow the company to pay to have it x-rayed.
Meanwhile, Klering says he received evidence of what appears to be the company’s knowledge of the situation when a Samsung representative accidentally texted him this:
“Just now got this. I can try and slow him down if we think it will matter, or we just let him do what he keeps threatening to do and see if he does it.”
This incident allegedly occurred on Tuesday, a day before a different replacement device exploded aboard a Southwest Airlines flight.
Another replacement Note 7 exploded in a 13-year-old girl’s hand on Friday in Minnesota. There have also been reports of a 26-year-old woman in Taiwan who had a replacement Note 7 blow up in her back pocket while walking her dog. That incident hasn’t been verified outside of a small Taiwanese outlet Apple Daily.
Yesterday, Samsung told the Verge in a statement, “Customer safety remains our highest priority as we are investigating the matter.” The evidence shows that Samsung rushed its phone into production, was slow to issue a recall, and now appears to be suppressing the information that replacements are dangerous.
It seems safe to say at this point that the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is a consumer hazard that not only puts its users in danger, it’s also dangerous for everyone around them.
If you have a Note 7, turn it off, and return it for a refund as soon as possible. [The Verge]