GoPro (GoPro) has issued a recall on its new Karma Drones due to reports that the device loses power while in the air, leading to crashes and possible injury. GoPro says that it has sold 2,500 units of the drone, and customers possessing one can return it to GoPro or the original place of purchase for a full refund. Replacement units are not being offered at this time. The company is not issuing replacement drones at this time. For more information, go to GoPro.com.
2016 has not been a good year for Samsung. First it had to recall its Galaxy Note device, now it has to recall its washing machines over explosion and/or fire hazards. The Consumer Product Safety Commission issued the recall early Friday morning. The CPSC said in a statement: “The washing machine top can unexpectedly detach from the washing machine chassis during use, posing a risk of injury from impact.” In the meantime, CNBC reported: “733 reports washing machines experiencing excessive vibration or the top detaching from the washing machine chassis.” Their have also been 9 reported injuries so far, including an injured Click Here to Read more
Bloomberg is reporting that the number of users who had a Galaxy Note 7 and are filing class-action lawsuits are starting to rise – especially in South Korea. So far, 527 users are demanding Samsung Electronics pay each of the plaintiffs about 500,000 (about $440.00) for there time and effort that were lost when the phones was first recalled and then taken off the market over reports of them catching fire. Ko Young-yeel, an attorney for Seoul-based Harvest Law said, “We’re now planning to file a lawsuit every month.” Ko Young-yeel filed the class-action lawsuit with the Seoul Central District Court Monday. Click Here to Read more
It seems that Samsung is taking things to a whole new level to make sure they get all of the Galaxy Note 7s back from customers in the safest way possible for all parties involved. The company is sending fire-proof boxes which includes a static shielding bag for the phone, safety gloves, and detailed safety packaging instructions. The actual box is lined with a thermally-insulated lining to make the box legal for sending lithium ion batteries via U.S. Mail or other package carriers. In a statement that’s included with the box, the company said: A device containing lithium ion battery Click Here to Read more
Early Tuesday, Samsung issued a statement claiming that 40% of dangerous Samsung Galaxy Note 7s are still in the United States and South Korea which can pose a danger to users and others. In the statement, Samsung said: We’re focused on replacing all affected devices as quickly and efficiently as possible and reiterated its request that customers affected by the current recall should power off their device and turn them in. For more information about the recall (in the U.S.) click here.
Due to the ongoing problems with its Galaxy Note 7, Samsung has announced that it is delaying the device’s relaunch in South Korea. The company has pushed the relaunch to this Saturday, which was originally scheduled for Wednesday. For those who need a replacement device, you better hurry. This announcement will see replacement devices drop from 20,000 to 160 when the new device does become available – which will make it harder for persons to complete the current exchange program. Included with the above statement, the company also said: Samsung Electronics will do our utmost to promptly conclude the recall Click Here to Read more
Bloomberg.com is reporting that it has found that all of the problems with the Galaxy Note 7 catching fire stem from the company [Samsung] trying to get the phone out before Apple introduced its new iPhone 7. According to Bloomberg: The top brass at Samsung Electronics, including phone chief D.J. Koh, decided to accelerate the launch of a new phone they were confident would dazzle consumers and capitalize on the opportunity, according to people familiar with the matter. They pushed suppliers to meet tighter deadlines, despite loads of new features, another person with direct knowledge said. The Note 7 would have a high-resolution Click Here to Read more
Late Thursday, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission formally issued a statement recalling Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7, asking customers to “immediately stop using, and power down the device.” The company [Samsung] has also updated its web site with more information about the problem and how to get it fixed. You can view the updates by going here.
Wesley Harzog of Horry County, South Carolina went out to pick up his daughters leaving his Galaxy Note 7 plugged in his garage at home. When they returned, they found the home to be in flames with firefighters already on the scene. Everybody was here, and they were actually at the front door about ready to go inside and make the initial fire attack. Somebody told me that there was a fire in the garage. You know, you just don’t really ever think it will happen to you. – Wesley Harzog. Hartzog told WMBF News, “They asked me if I had anything Click Here to Read more
On Thursday, we reported that Samsung was getting reports from customers about their Galaxy Note 7 phones burning up. “We have received several reports of battery explosion on the Note 7 that was officially launched on August 19. It has been confirmed that it was a battery cell problem.” – Samsung’s President of Mobile Business Koh Dong-jin. All customers who have purchased a Galaxy Note 7 will be able to swap the device for a new one “over the coming weeks” according to Samsung. How this will be accomplished for the hundreds of thousands of owners in the 20 countries the device is available Click Here to Read more
Sony is recalling its Vaio Laptop battery packs because it has been reported that they could cause burns and could cause a fire hazard under certain conditions. The laptop battery’s product numbers are: SVE15132CXW SVE1513KCXS SVE15134CXP SVE1513MCXB SVE15134CXS SVE1513MCXW SVE15134CXW SVE1513MPXS SVE15135CXW SVE1513RCXB SVE151390X SVE1513RCXS SVE1513APXS SVE1513RCXW SVE1513BCXS SVE1513TCXW SVE1513JCXW SVE171390X Remedy Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled battery packs, power off the laptop, remove the battery and follow instructions to obtain a free replacement. Until a replacement battery pack is received, consumers can use the laptop by plugging in the AC power only. Sold at Best Buy, Sony Click Here to Read more
When the US government said that there wasn’t a safe ‘hoverboard’ in the land early this year, it wasn’t kidding around. The Consumer Product Safety Commission is recalling 501,000 of the self-balancing vehicles over concerns that their batteries will overheat and catch fire. If you own one, the odds are that you’re affected: the notice covers models from relatively big names like AirWalk, Razor and Swagway, and Mashable mentions 10 other brands. This doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll have to go without a board. If you have one of the relevant Swagway models, you can ask the company for either a repair (to bring you up to Click Here to Read more
NASHVILLE, Tenn.– HP is recalling 41,000 lithium-ion batteries which could be powering your notebook computer right now. HP issued the recall following seven reports of the battery packs overheating, melting or charring. There have been four reports of property damage totaling $4,000. The recall includes black batteries that measure about 8 inches long, 2 inches wide and 1 inch high. They are compatible with HP, Compaq, HP ProBook, HP ENVY, Compaq Presario and HP Pavilion notebooks. The affected batteries have the following barcodes: 6BZLU, 6CGFK, 6CGFQ, 6CZMB, 6DEMA, 6DEMH, 6DGAL and 6EBVA. Batteries were sold nationwide with the notebooks described Click Here to Read more
The lithium-ion battery packs, which are made by Panasonic, can overheat, posing burn and fire hazards to consumers, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission on Thursday. Toshiba received four reports of the battery packs overheating and melting, though the CPSC said no injuries have been reported. Toshiba, which first announced the recall in January, said it was recalling the batteries in certain Toshiba Notebook computers sold since June 2011. The Japanese manufacturer said it would replace them for free. The CPSC said the recall involves 91,000 laptops sold in the United States and 10,000 sold in Canada. The Click Here to Read more
Apple on Thursday issued a recall for two-pronged AC wall plug adapters designed for Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Continental Europe, New Zealand and South Korea over a potential risk for electric shock. Apple said that it was aware of 12 incidents around the world in which a two-pronged AC wall plug adapter broke and resulted in an electrical shock when the user touched it. The recall includes many two-pronged wall plugs shipped with Macs and iOS devices between 2003 and 2015. To determine if your wall plug is affected by the recall, check the inside slot where it attaches to the Click Here to Read more