Report: Samsung Galaxy S III phone explodes in user’s car in Ireland

“Samsung Electronics Co said it was investigating reports that one of its flagship Galaxy S III smartphones exploded in a user’s car in Ireland,” Reuters reports.

“A Dublin-based consumer posted comments and photos on a web site on Wednesday, saying his Galaxy phone ‘exploded’ while mounted on his car dashboard,” Reuters reports. “He wrote that while he was driving, ‘suddenly a white flame, sparks and a bang came out of the phone.'”

Reuters reports, “There have been other reports of Samsung smartphones overheating. In March, a Korean schoolboy reported that a spare battery for his Galaxy S II exploded in his back pocket. Samsung said then that the cause was massive external pressure or force… On Friday, the company said it was still looking into the reported Irish incident.”

Samsung Galaxy III explodes, burns, flame, sparks

Samsung Galaxy III explodes, burns, flame, sparks

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MacDailyNews Take: This is a very dangerous situation. Good luck with that, slavish copier. Maybe Apple could get the U.S. Fire Administration to act faster than the U.S. courts on the issue of Galaxy III importation?

Now, this Reuters piece does not carry a reporter’s name, but it is tagged “SEOUL,” a very redundant move considering how the piece wraps:

“Heat issues have been reported with other devices. In March, influential consumer watchdog Consumer Reports said Apple’s latest iPad tablet threw off a lot more heat than the previous version, lending weight to complaints on Internet forums that the device could get uncomfortably warm after heavy use.”

Reuters is a transparent joke and the credibility of their Seoul-based “reporter” is worse off than that Irish guy’s Samsung lighter. No wonder there’s no byline.

Speaking of jokes, we’re sure Consumer Reports will be all over this issue with multiple press releases, media interviews, self-described “testing,” and more. Right, CR?

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22 Comments

  1. What the F**** is Consumer Report doing about this. Are they even taking the SS-III through the same testes like they do with Apple products yet, or are they being paid to review only Apple products?
    If they don’t do anything about this issue, we all know how biased they really are.

  2. To be fair, it seems to be at the point of connection, not the actual battery. Without seeing the cable – and knowing if it’s a proper charger or adaptor it’s easy to jump to unfair conclusions.

    1. Yes, so we should be expecting the press to jump to unfair conclusions about this, right away.

      Especially after the whole “iPhone catches fire on plane” that was later determined to be caused by a) 3rd party battery that was b) so poorly installed by a non-authorized tech that they punctured it when putting the phone back together.

  3. Just how hot does an shorted battery get? At the short itself where it is arcing? Is it hot enough to ignite magnesium? What about VaporMg?
    I remember burning magnesium ribbons in high school. Really bright light and rather intense heat.
    How long would a VaporMg case burn if the overall weight of the device was, for argument’s sake, the same as a Microsoft Surface™ RT device?

  4. Exploded? Don’t they mean it caught fire instead ?

    When I read something exploded I expect to see a pile of small pieces they had to sweep up, not a largely intact phone with an untouched LI-on battery in the device.

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