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Two replaced Galaxy Note7s caught fire in Kentucky and Taiwan

By Cookie Monster - on 9 Oct 2016, 4:42pm

Two replaced Galaxy Note7s caught fire in Kentucky and Taiwan

Image source: WKYT News

Earlier today, we reported of a second incident involving a replaced Galaxy Note7 catching fire in the U.S. It turns out that there are another two similar incidents which happened in Kentucky and Taiwan.

Michael Klering, who lives in Nicholasville (a city in Kentucky, U.S) told WKYT News that he woke up to a hissing sound in the bedroom at around 4 am. When he opened his eyes, his bedroom was filled with foul-smelling smoke emitted by his burning Galaxy Note7. Klering said that his Galaxy Note7 was a replacement unit. 

WKYT News - “The phone is supposed to be the replacement, so you would have thought it would be safe. It wasn’t plugged in. It wasn’t anything, it was just sitting there,” Klering said.

Following the incident, Samsung wanted to take possession of Klering's phone, but he refused to give it up. Samsung offered to pay for him to have it x-rayed and Klering thought that the company was helping him until he received a purported message from a Samsung representative that wasn't meant to be sent to him:

Just now got this. I can try and slow him down if we think it will matter, or we just let him do what he keeps threatening to do and see if he does it."

On the other side of the world, a Taiwanese user of a replaced Galaxy Note7 was walking her dog when smoke spewed from her phone. She quickly removed the phone from her pocket and threw it to the ground.  According to The Apple Daily report, the user heard a "bang" before feeling the heat from the phone.

Image source: The Apple Daily

The user had purchased the Galaxy Note7 in August and had it exchanged on 27th September. Samsung Taiwan issued a statement on Saturday stating that it is trying to contact the customer and hope to recall the product to clarify on the cause of the incident.

The Taiwan's Consumers' Foundation reportedly advised Samsung Taiwan yesterday to halt all sales and replacements of the Galaxy Note7 for fears that continued sales of the device will be like "sending bombs to consumers". AT&T, the second biggest U.S telco, is said to be considering to stop the sales of the Galaxy Note7.

Source: WKYT News, The Apple Daily via Android Central, Focus Taiwan

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