Yet another replacement Samsung Galaxy Note 7 has combusted — this time, in Houston, Texas. The owner of the phone, Daniel Franks, was eating lunch with his family when the phone caught fire while just sitting on the table.
Indeed, Franks, whose daughter often plays Minecraft on the device, shuddered to think what would have happened if it had burst into flame in her hands.
This is the fifth replacement of the Note 7 that has caught fire so far in U.S., in just the past week. The risk of burns and more serious accidents are very serious — thermal burns are injuries that occur when there is exposure or contact with steam, flashes, or hot surfaces reaching a temperature of or above 115 degrees. The service provider ATandT has totally stopped selling the phones, and the U.S. Consumer Product Saftey Commission says it is investigating as quickly as possible.
Samsung itself has issued a statement saying that the fires are under investigation, although they haven’t yet to determine whether a “product safety issue exists.”
“We are working diligently with authorities and third party experts and will share findings when we have completed the investigation,” said a Samsung spokesperson to The Verge. “Even though there are a limited number of reports, we want to reassure customers that we are taking every report seriously. If we determine a product safety issue exists, Samsung will take immediate steps approved by the CPSC to resolve the situation.”
If you own a Galaxy Note 7, it is highly recommended that you stop using it immediately. All major U.S. carriers are currently accepting the phone for exchange, no matter the purchase date.