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By Renee Nordstrand on January 11, 2017

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Why you need to return your Samsung Galaxy Note 7

South Korean cell phone maker, Samsung, has issued a voluntary recall for all Galaxy Note 7 smart phones bought before September 15, 2016. The reason for the recall is that the lithium-ion battery in these smart phones can overheat and catch fire, posing a serious burn hazard. Approximately 2.5 million phones have been recalled.

If you have a Galaxy Note 7 that you purchased before September 15, 2016, you should stop using it immediately and turn off the power. Contact your wireless provider or the outlet where you purchased the phone and arrange to have it exchanged for a safe model.

What to do if you have Been Injured by a Galaxy Note 7

The lithium-ion battery is a significant technological breakthrough because they are light-weight and can store a large amount of power for their size. They are frequently used in laptops, tablets and cell phones. Because they store large amounts of power, when something goes wrong with these batteries they can explode or burst into flames.

To date, there have been at least 35 cases involving cell phones catching fire. This problem can cause serious injuries for you or your family members, particularly if it occurs when you are holding the phone or it is in your pocket. In addition to causing severe burns and other life-altering injuries, a cell phone explosion can cause a house fire.

Why is This Happening?

One of the main reasons a lithium ion battery can explode is due to errors in the charging process. Smart phones contain software that tells the phone how much the batteries should be charged and when they need charging. If these standards are incorrectly set, the battery can overheat and catch fire. In the case of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, it appears that the battery is manufactured defectively.

If you are a resident of Santa Barbara County and you or a family member has suffered injuries or damages to property due to a lithium ion battery overheating and catching fire, you should talk to a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. Call us the lawyers at. NordstrandBlack today at (805) 962-2022. Our team of experienced product liability attorneys are committed to protecting the rights of individuals and families whose lives have been damaged by the wrongful or negligent actions of others.

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