When you buy a product from a reputable manufacturer, you have a reasonable expectation that they put the product through extensive testing to ensure it is safe. Most of the time, this happens just fine and we enjoy our goods without worrying about safety. However, there are times when manufacturers either deliberately cut corners or make mistakes that lead to injuries.
Perhaps no defective consumer product has gotten more press in recent years than the issues with the Samsung Galaxy Note 7. For those who haven’t heard, reports about the devices spontaneously catching fire began to crop up shortly after the phone’s release. Samsung issued a recall and eventually just cancelled the entire product line, asking customers to send their phones back.
Now, a third party decided to figure out what design problems led to the fires. Every expert agreed that the battery was the culprit, but what was happening to cause them to combust? The researchers stripped the phone down and found that, in an effort to outdo the competition, Samsung hadn’t left enough space for the battery to expand while it was in use. This caused the battery to come into contact with parts that it’s not intended to touch.
The team of researchers summed up their findings, “It breaks such a basic rule, it must have been intentional; they shipped a dangerous product.”
If you or someone you love was injured because of a defective product, you may want to consider speaking with an attorney with experience in these types of cases.
Source: digitaltrends.com, “GALAXY NOTE 7 BROKE BASIC ENGINEERING RULES, SAYS DAMNING NEW REPORT,” Andy Boxall, December 5, 2016