Even as airlines warn their passengers not to power up Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones in the air, after a spate of fires, a second replacement device, deemed safe by the manufacturer, is reported to have burst into flames in the US.
Production of the controversial phone has now been “temporarily suspended”.
A man in Kentucky awoke “scared to death”, media in that state reported. The source of his terror was not the Trump vs Clinton debate, but his new smartphone catching fire and filling his bedroom with smoke.
“The phone is supposed to be the replacement, so you would have thought it would be safe,” Michael Klering of Nicholasville, Kentucky, told local broadcaster WKYT.
Ominously for air safety, Klering said that his device was not plugged in when it caught fire at his home.
The Note 7 was subject to a mass recall last month. Samsung said it had identified and fixed the problem – only for a replacement Note 7 to catch fire and burn on a Southwest Airlines plane due to fly from Louisville, Kentucky, to Baltimore, Maryland.
Southwest evacuated the plane before take-off, the BBC reported. Samsung said it was helping authorities investigate the incident.
This morning, South Korea’s biggest news agency, Yonhap, carried a report that “Samsung Electronics Co. has temporarily suspended production of the Galaxy Note 7 smartphone”.
The report quoted an official at a supplier for Samsung, who said on condition of anonymity that production of the phones had been halted in cooperation with consumer safety regulators from South Korea, the United States and China.
Written by Peter Needham