Samsung’s Galaxy smartphones have once again caught fire raising fresh concerns about the batteries powering mobile devices. Back in 2016, Samsung’s flagship Galaxy Note 7 caught fire inadvertently leading to a worldwide recall and ban on carrying them in flights. While Samsung apologized for the problem and even introduced new transparent methods of testing Li-ion batteries that power its mobile devices, a new case of two Galaxy smartphones catching fire has brought back the old memories.
According to ABC News affiliate WXYZ, a woman claims to have nearly saved her life after two of her Samsung Galaxy smartphones caught fire. The incident occurred while she was driving and two of her Galaxy smartphones – the Galaxy S8 from last year and Galaxy S4 from 2013 – caught fire. In a follow-up video interview, the woman explains how she was able to stop the car on time and escape. The video also shows the burnt car caused by the fire of two Galaxy smartphones.
“It happened quickly. It just went up in flames. People were telling me to get away from the car. What if I was on the highway stuck in traffic and couldn’t get out?” the woman told the website after the incident.
The report also adds that Samsung sent a team to investigate the cause of its smartphones catching fire. “We stand behind the quality and safety of the millions of Samsung phones in the US. We are eager to conduct a full investigation of this matter and until we are able to examine all of the evidence, it is impossible to determine the true cause of any incident,” said the Samsung spokesperson.
While Samsung will take some time to conclude the cause for its smartphones to catch fire, the Detroit Fire Department, on the other hand, has blamed the two Galaxy smartphones for the cause of fire. There is also no lawsuit being filed against Samsung for the incident and there aren’t any other reports to conclude that Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S4 are prone to catching fire.
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Mobile batteries catching fire is not a new phenomena but since Galaxy Note 7 caught fire in 2016, the concerns around the nature of these Li-ion batteries catching fire has only amplified further. With this new incident, Samsung is once again in the news that can lead to a lot of bad press. The South Korean giant must address it at the earliest and offer transparent report on its findings. In the meantime, be careful of your smartphones while driving.