St. Petersburg, FL – Oct. 20, 2016 – A Galaxy Note 7 was responsible for burning a Jeep Cherokee down to the ground in St. Petersburg, Florida. The owners of the vehicle left the Samsung smartphone on the charger while unloading a desk from the back of the vehicle in to their home. Earlier that day, they had been in the Jeep with their daughter and service dog taking a tour of garage sales all over town. After the Florida family got their new desk inside, they headed back outside to run some more of the day’s errands. But instead of climbing back into their Jeep Cherokee, the family was left shocked standing in front of a pile of smoke and ash.
Samsung sent a statement to Fox 13, the St. Petersburg affiliate, that read:
“We are aware of the incident and we are working with Mr. Dornacher to investigate his case and ensure we do everything we can for him. Consumer safety is Samsung’s highest priority. With regard to the Galaxy Note7, we are asking owners to take advantage of the Product Exchange Program announced on Friday of last week. The program offers Note7 owners the opportunity to exchange the phone for a new one. More details on the program can be found at http://www.samsung.com/us/note7exchange/.”
Luckily for Jeep, all evidence obtained through investigations have pointed to the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 as the reason for the fire, not any component of the Jeep. Unfortunately for the Florida family, they are out a Jeep and smartphone. The problem stemmed from severe overheating of the Samsung device. Although Samsung refers to incidents in vague terms of safety hazards, there have been multiple reports of the phones exploding and catching fire.
Timeline Of Events and Responses
Samsung announced the release of their latest smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, on August 2, 2016. The phones were shipped to customers on August 19, 2016, according to CNN. Although the device began to rack up positive reviews from technology critics, a major problem occurred not long after its release: 35 customers complained about the battery after the phone exploded while left on the charger. So far, Samsung has issued recalls in the U.S. as well as South Korea. Though the phones have been sold in China as well, Samsung says those devices are safe from the defect. The batteries used on those smartphones were manufactured by a different company. On Monday, September 5, 2016, the Dornachers went garage sale shopping around the area of St. Petersburg, Florida, near their home. They purchased a desk and transferred it from the hatch of their Jeep Cherokee to the inside of their house – they left a Samsung Galaxy charging in the vehicle. Due to an overheating problem with the device, it exploded and caught the Jeep on fire.
The good news for Jeep owners is that there is no recall for the vehicles in regards to this matter. But if you own a Samsung Galaxy Note 7, it’s a good idea to follow the recall instructions from Samsung.