Battery crisis burns Samsung

2016-09-16 06:00

SAMSUNG Electronics has urged people to stop using its Galaxy Note 7 smartphone due to a spate of exploding batteries.

Samsung announced on 2 September a recall of its oversized “phablet” after faulty batteries caused some handsets to burst into flames during charging.

Since then, airlines and air safety agencies around the world have warned passengers against using them on flights.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission on Friday urged Note 7 owners to stop using the device.

As concern grew over the battery catching fire, with more cases reported last week, Samsung on Sunday escalated its warning, telling Note 7 users around the world to immediately turn the device off.

“The whole situation over Samsung is becoming more serious and complicated as more state authorities around the world are advising nationals to stop using the Note 7,” said Hwang Min-Sung, analyst at Samsung Securities.

The fallout from the recall — which involves 2,5 million handsets sold so far in 10 countries — may slash the firm’s profit later this year by more than one trillion won, he warned. — Supplied.

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