Back in September, Samsung recalled its Galaxy Note 7 phones due to multiple instances of the phone exploding and overheating. The issue with the phone involved the phones’ batteries. The battery inside the Note 7 had a battery management system, which communicates when it is time to stop charging, once the battery has been charged sufficiently. The battery management system was found to be defective, which could lead to phones overcharging, exploding, and/or overheating.
Researchers have discovered that rectangular batteries, like the batteries in the Note 7, are more likely to fail, overheat, explode or overcharge because they do not have a fail-safe which stops an electrical current from continuing to charge. Researchers are working on a device that can cause a battery to short at a specific location, which will allow them to see the exact way heat goes through the remainder of the device. This could allow designers and manufacturers to make batteries safer, which will decrease the risk of harm to consumers. Unfortunately, in many cases cell phone designers and manufacturers are not always concerned with what is safest for consumers – their ultimate goal is profit.
If you have been harmed by a defective consumer product, such as a cell phone, you have the legal right to compensation. You may be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. If you have been harmed by a defective consumer product, call the personal injury attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707. Our team can help. Call us today, or visit us on Twitter to learn more about the firm.