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US consumer safety group recalls the Samsung Galaxy Note 7

This follows an existing recall from Samsung.
Jessica Conditt, @JessConditt
September 15, 2016
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The US Consumer Product Safety Commission has officially recalled all Galaxy Note 7s purchased before September 15th, noting that their lithium-ion batteries can overheat and catch fire. This follows a recall that Samsung itself implemented in early September. Shortly after this initial rollback, the CPSC published a statement urging anyone with a Galaxy Note 7 to power it down and stop charging it, and Samsung said it was working with the safety group on an official government recall.

Samsung has received 92 reports of overheating batteries in the US, including 26 reported burns and 55 claims of property damage, according to the CPSC. On top of a global recall of 2.5 million phones, the company plans to launch a software update on September 20th that limits the Galaxy Note 7's battery to a 60 percent charge.

The CPSC provides instructions on how to refund or replace a Galaxy Note 7, organized by service provider. Samsung and the major US carriers laid out their instructions on how to exchange or return affected devices less than a day after the initial recall.

Since news of the fire hazard broke, the Federal Aviation Administration and New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority have warned against bringing the Galaxy Note 7 on both planes and trains, respectively. Samsung lost $26 billion in market value in the weeks following the recall.

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