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Samsung being sued by constructor worker suffering burns from exploding Galaxy S7 Edge (not the Note)

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The story started back on May 30th, when a Daniel Ramirez from Akron, Ohio, in the US. He is  A construction worker who had this Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge in his pocket, and it exploded causing sever burns to his skin.  There is an image of his leg burned, but I won't share it due to the graphical imagery. His phone was working great initially. He bought it 2 months ago. He says that right before the explosion, he heard high-pitched whistling noise, and before he can figure out where it was coming from, the phone exploded in his pocket.

 

Ramirez tried to get the phone out of his pocket when it exploded, but it was so hot, he could not. The intense heat melted his clothes to his body, as he was pulling off his pants. The damage done to him was so great that he is still in rehab.

 

Ars Technica reports:

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On May 30, construction worker Daniel Ramirez was working at a site in Akron, Ohio, when he heard a strange noise coming from his pocket, which contained the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge he'd bought just two months earlier. "It was like a high-pitched whistling noise," Ramirez's attorney, Mike Morgan, said in an interview with Ars. "After that there was an explosion, like a loud bang." Ramirez tried to get the phone out of his pocket, but succeeded only in burning his fingertips. "It melted his clothes to his body, so he had to strip down," Morgan said. "By that time, the damage had been done."

 

 

Samsung is doing a recall, but that is for the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, where one of the options to get a replacement is to get the S7 Edge.

 

The worker isn't requesting a specif amount of money, but rather for the company to be punished for selling unsafe phones. Ars says:

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Ramirez hasn't requested a specific amount of damages at this point. The lawsuit accuses Samsung of selling unsafe phones, negligence, breach of warranty, and violating New Jersey consumer protection laws.

 

Source: http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2016/09/construction-worker-sues-samsung-after-suffering-burns-from-exploding-phone/

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3 minutes ago, GoodBytes said:

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Wow. 

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Shit, samsung are not getting good press

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Well I know if you piece the battery on an s7 it will ignite, so there could have been a tear in the battery casing from the phone getting hit or something, though either way that isn't acceptable for a phone regardless of circumstance 

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7 minutes ago, AresKrieger said:

Well I know if you piece the battery on an s7 it will ignite, so there could have been a tear in the battery casing from the phone getting hit or something, though either way that isn't acceptable for a phone regardless of circumstance 

I doubt so. I mean, what ever hit the phone, I think he would have noticed. From videos showing exploding lithium-ion battery, there should be enougth time to notice from the shock form the hit (I mean it needs to pass thorough the phone casing and battery cells) and, have at least the time to pull the phone out to check it, before it ignites in his hand.

And based on the pictures of the phone (which you can see form the lawsuit document here: https://www.classaction.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/33/2016/09/Samsung-PDF.pdf in lovely monochrome), you can see that there is nothing that would suggest something hit the phone.

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Oh boy. Seems like their stock might plummet even more. 

 

Also @GoodBytes, typo. :P

13 minutes ago, GoodBytes said:

The damage done to him was so great that he need he is still in rehab.

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good thing i abandon ship after the note 4

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If you follow the news samsung note 7 is FORBIDDEN on ALL airplanes :D:D:D:D

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Wow this sure sucks.

 

So when are those new type of batteries coming it was mentioned a while back. The ones that have double the capacity in same physical size and are not dangerous and are also supposedly to come next year or so? Give!

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Wow.  I wonder who the battery supplier is, and if the same company made the battery in my devices.

 

Lithium batteries are dangerous, but this kind of thing should not happen.  Samsung owes it's customers a duty of care.  Under tort law they are definitely going to be making some big payouts.

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19 minutes ago, CostcoSamples said:

Wow.  I wonder who the battery supplier is, and if the same company made the battery in my devices.

 

Lithium batteries are dangerous, but this kind of thing should not happen.  Samsung owes it's customers a duty of care.  Under tort law they are definitely going to be making some big payouts.

Samsung is one of the largest lithium-ion battery manufacture. So they probably use their own batteries

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13 minutes ago, GoodBytes said:

Samsung is one of the largest lithium-ion battery manufacture. So they probably use their own batteries

For the note 7 the bad batch is from a company that they contracted to do some of the batteries. 

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10 minutes ago, goodtofufriday said:

For the note 7 the bad batch is from a company that they contracted to do some of the batteries. 

Yeah it was Samsung SDI that made the faulty batteries, which is why they'll be using the Chinese manufacturer 'ATL' for the replacement Note 7 batteries, they made all the batteries for the Chinese version of the phone, and they had no issues, they are still selling in China as if nothing happened.

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I think BAMsung is a funny new name :D

Anyway, it's sad that this stuff is happening, let's hope this doesn't explosively expand to other phones.

 

 

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1 hour ago, goodtofufriday said:

For the note 7 the bad batch is from a company that they contracted to do some of the batteries. 

I read that it was Samsung who made the cells then another company turned them into batteries. It was during the conversion process the error was made. 

 

Also I think I might be able to explain what causes the explosion. I saw a YT video a while back where some dude disassembled a battery bank that had been recalled because it was exploding. When he removed the battery from the device he chopped the top of it and tipped out the powder from inside, as soon as it hit the air it exploded into pretty big sparks. He took it outside and tipped it all out and it was like a fireworks display. In the comments he asked if anybody knew why it was happening and some guy responded with a full answer. 

 

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Good thing I held off upgrading my 5 yr old nexus phone..
Not BAMsung but I remember my 1st gen Shield tablet with the faulty battery almost exploded while I was sleeping, I woke up to the smell of burnt plastic.. Cause I kept using it after my RMA tablet came in. 
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Samsung can't catch a break, can they? This might just be one of their worst years if this keeps up.

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this happens with iphones and pretty much every other phone also

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That took a little longer than I thought.

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Hopefully this will be the only case for the s7. If they end up doing a recall for the s7 its only going to get worse for Samsung.

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