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Reliance LYF smartphone explodes with user narrowly escaping injury; company investigating the incident

Smartphone explosion now looks like some kind of an epidemic. After infamous Galaxy Note 7 fiasco and some instances of iPhones, Reliance LYF smartphone is the latest to join the list.

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It would be unfair to assume that all smartphones that have been in news for explosion like the iPhone 7 and now the Reliance LYF have similar issues as the Galaxy Note 7 s faulty batteries. However, it is extremely uncanny that after the Note 7 fiasco took over, cases of other smartphones exploding have been following like a trail of firecrackers. Just yesterday, a Twitter user going by name Tanvir Sadiq (@tanvirsadiq) shared a few photos of his Reliance LYF smartphone catching fire and exploding. He also mentioned about his family narrowly escaping from the explosion. Also Read - Safer Internet Day 2021: Here's how you can ensure your online security

Tanvir Sadiq is a political secretary to the working president of the Jammu and Kashmir National Conference. He tagged Reliance Jio and LYF in his tweets, calling for their immediate attention to the explosion. He also demanded that the company should recall the smartphones immediately, and advised other LYF smartphone users to be extremely cautious. LYF soon responded to his tweet seeking details of the incident and promised to investigate the issue and get back to him with an effective solution. We have reached out to Reliance Jio for the same and awaiting their statement.

UPDATE: “LYF range of phones are designed and manufactured with global standards by some of the world s leading manufacturers of mobile phones. Each phone goes through a stringent quality control process. We are concerned about the incident reported in social media and are taking the matter seriously. We are assessing the cause and will conduct a thorough investigation in the matter. Customer safety is paramount to us and, based on our findings, we will take appropriate action, a LYF spokesperson told us in an email statement.

Following Sadiq s post, former CM of Jammu and Kashmir Omar Abdullah retweeted Sadiq, writing that his family escaped any injury from the explosion. He also swore that he wouldn t be using his LYF smartphone anytime soon.

Although report of a Reliance LYF smartphone is a first, but the issue of exploding smartphones has been in news for a while now. Last month, Mat Jones, an Australian surfing instructor s iPhone 7 unit reportedly caught fire when kept in the car, and destroyed the vehicle. He had left his iPhone 7 among his clothes in his car while he was away taking surfing lessons. When he returned, he was shocked to see his vehicle filled with smoke, 7 News reports. ALSO READ: After Galaxy Note 7 smartphones, Samsung washing machines are now reportedly exploding

As I looked into my car, you could not see inside the car, like all the windows were just black, Jones was quoted as saying. Ash was just coming from inside the [trousers] which once you wrapped open the [trousers] the phone was just melting inside of it. Jones asserted that his iPhone 7 was not even over a week old, and he assured that he hadn t dropped it, or charged it using any third-party charger.

A couple of such cases happened before this too. Darin Hlavaty, a student at Rowan College in Burlington County, New Jersey, has reported early last month that his iPhone 6 Plus exploded while it was in his back pocket. The explosion pierced a hole through his jeans, and naturally, the handset was entirely damaged, reports TechTimes. The student noticed smoke coming out of his back pocket, and he realized that his phone was on fire. The publication reported Hlavaty claiming that he had been using the iPhone 6 Plus for just six months now.

Quite naturally, after the Galaxy Note 7 s explosion instances reached to unbearable counts, Samsung had to eventually discontinue the smartphone. Theoretically, every smartphone can potentially catch fire or explode regardless of the make or model. Lithium batteries are susceptible to catching fire, but the failure rate is somewhere around one in 10 million. So, such scanty reports cannot, lead for companies to declare a recall, however, an investigation shall be a must to ensure safety of users when even a single such case is reported.

Image credits: Twitter

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  • Published Date: November 7, 2016 1:57 PM IST
  • Updated Date: November 7, 2016 3:04 PM IST



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