In yet another reminder that using counterfeit spare parts in smartphones (and other devices) is an instant recipe for disaster, a woman’s iPhone 6 suddenly went up in flames in her moving car.
The incident happened on August 1 in Shanghai, China, inside a moving car in broad daylight. A dashcam video, shared by Thrillist (via EEC media), shows an iPhone 6 placed on the car’s dashboard suddenly catching fire as the woman driving screams in panic. Fortunately, since the smartphone just went toast after burning for a few seconds, the occupants of the car (the woman and her husband) weren’t injured. Had the smartphone exploded, things could’ve been a lot worse.
According to the woman’s husband, he had gotten the battery of the smartphone replaced at a repair shop in February, only to realise later that it was not an original Apple one. It’s this same counterfeit battery that led to the iPhone 6 catching fire spontaneously in a moving car.
The incident clearly highlights why it’s important to always get original parts (whether it’s batteries, or anything else) for all our digital devices.
On a related note, Samsung’s CEO DJ Koh recently told a website that the battery of the company’s newly-launched Galaxy Note 9 was completely safe.
In an interview with The Investor, Koh remarked, “The battery in the Galaxy Note 9 is safer than ever. Users do not have to worry about the batteries anymore.”
After the infamous Galaxy Note 7 debacle (which eventually led to the smartphone getting permanently discontinued), Samsung adopted an 8-point battery safety check to ensure that the smartphone batteries are thoroughly tested in the production and post-manufacturing process.
It’s worth mentioning that the Galaxy Note 9 comes with a 4,000mAh battery, the largest that Samsung has ever put inside any of its smartphones.