Class action suits against Samsung have been filed in New Jersey and California over the company’s Galaxy and Note smartphones, some of which have been shown to explode and catch fire due to overheated lithium ion batteries.
The suits seek to halt the sale of the Galaxy and Note phones and to compensate affected consumers. In mid-October, Samsung announced a mandatory recall of all original and replacement Galaxy Note7 devices in the U.S., allowing consumers to either exchange their phones for another Samsung model or receive a full refund.
In addition, the Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a mandatory recall of the Note7 and the devices were banned from air travel in the U.S.
Plaintiffs in each of the class action suits allege that the lithium ion batteries in the Samsung phones can overheat enough to explode or catch fire. This happens when the battery is either overcharged or rapidly discharged, causing an effect known as a “thermal runaway” in which the battery can rapidly heat up to as high as 1100F.
The suits claim that while consumers waited for replacement phones, which took up to several weeks, they continued to incur monthly device and plan charges from their cellular carriers. Once the replacement phones were found to have the same problem, Samsung announced the Note7 would be discontinued entirely. The plaintiffs are asking that Samsung provide compensation for the loss of use of their Note7 phones as well as damages and fees.
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