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Galaxy Note 7 burned 13 people in the US; 96 issues reported

by Todd Haselton | October 13, 2016October 13, 2016 10:54 am PST

Samsung has updated figures for the number of Galaxy Note 7 units that have overheated in the United States. Through the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, Samsung said on Thursday that it has received a total of 96 reports of Galaxy Note 7 batteries overheating in the United States.

That figure includes 23 reports since Samsung initially recalled the Galaxy Note 7 on September 15, in addition to reports that preceded that initial recall. In total, 47 people reported property damage and 13 people reported burns from the faulty batteries. Samsung says about 1.9 million units are affected, including 1 million from the initial recall.

Why this matters:

Consumers should pay attention to these figures because Samsung sold 900,000 additional Galaxy Note 7 units since it first recalled the Galaxy Note 7 on September 15. That’s a lot of phones that need to be returned; it’s unclear how many are already safely disposed of. If you haven’t returned the phone, Samsung is offering free exchanges and up to a $100 bill credit if you buy another Samsung device.

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Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...

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