The so called ‘Samsung’s quirky gadget production’ has raised eyebrows and many people have started questioning the company’s device release procedures. Although, Samsung made a fast move to stop shipment of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 amid reports that the batteries could explode.
US officials placed a concern on Friday considering the fact that the company opted not to follow the stipulated procedures. Ideally, recalls are guided and handled by a federal agency known as the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. However, Samsung used its own global program to replace the now infamous Samsung Galaxy Note 7, after explosion reports.
A federal official told Recode that the recall would make sales of the phablet illegal. Consumer Reports has also called upon Samsung to work with the CPSC on an official recall. Although the major U.S. carriers have all stopped sales of the device, Consumer Reports said that the device could still be found for sale at other retailers.
“Samsung should immediately initiate an official recall with the Consumer Product Safety Commission, given the serious nature of the safety problem it identified with the Samsung Galaxy Note 7,” Consumer Reports director of electronics testing Maria Rerecich said in a statement. “We are particularly concerned that phones continue to be available for sale today.”
Other exploding devices
Early last month, a 36 year old man was riding his bike in Sydney’s northern beaches with his iPhone in the pocket, and this apparently triggered an explosion, setting his trouser on fire after he hit the ground.
“It’s a bit random, the thing to be very specific about, the phone did hit the ground, it didn’t just spontaneously combust. It was a one in one million chance I hit a part of the phone which pierced the lithium battery and it exploded. I’m 36, I’ve had a mobile phone for 18 years of my life and for that thing to explode or short circuit and cause it to temporarily ignite. I could see the metal bending and all the lithium leaking out of the bottom end.” The victim said.