His new Samsung Galaxy Note 7 as a replacement has been deemed safe, but a man from Kentucky was scared to death upon waking up to see his room full of smoke. Apparently, his Samsung Galaxy Note 7 replacement has caught fire. It isn’t any safer from the previous smartphones that Samsung had replaced following complaints of defective batteries.
Michael Klering, a resident of Nicholasville, Kentucky told a local radio station WKYT that “The phone is supposed to be the replacement, so you would have thought it would be safe”. But it terrified him when he awoke with his room being pervaded with smoke because his smartphone has caught fire. Klering was rather shocked because his phone wasn’t even plugged in when the incident happened. He was able to extinguish the fire before it got any worse, but Klering claimed that the said occurrence led him to the emergency room. He has inhaled so much of the smoke that he had to be treated for acute bronchitis. At one point, Klering said he even vomited up a black substance which ultimately had him deciding to go to the hospital.
This latest news about another Samsung Galaxy Note 7 catching fire raises a lot of questions. It has the Samsung company facing a full-blown crisis, aggravating a similar incident last Wednesday when the same Samsung smartphone caught fire on a Southwest Airlines plane before take off. The plane was bound to fly from Louisville, Kentucky to Baltimore, Maryland. According to the airline’s spokesperson, one of their passengers reported that an electronic device was emitting smoke inside the plane. It was then that all passengers and the crew were made to deplane safely through the main cabin door. Everyone evacuated the plane before it took off. Samsung informed the public that they are having the incident investigated. The company, in one of its latest statements, mentioned that they are working with authorities and the Southwest Airlines to recoup the device and verify the cause.
Samsung assured that they will have more information to share once they thoroughly examined the device.
Last month, in September, the Note 7 was subjected for a mass recall. However, Samsung declared that they had identified the problem and were able to fix it. Then again, recent mishaps involving the Note 7 have people raising serious questions about the company’s obligation to protect the welfare and safety of the public. Samsung, in response to the crisis, recently issued a global recall and replaced approximately 2.5 million units of Galaxy Note 7 that had been shipped to distributors at the outset. The fallout of the Note 7 had 34% of current Samsung users saying they won’t buy another of the company’s smartphones, according to an online survey conducted by Branding Brand, a mobile e-commerce solutions provider.