On Wednesday the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a recall on certain batteries. These batteries have a tendency to overheat, according to the CPSC, which poses risk of burns and fire hazards.
It doesn’t take much to see the parallels between this and last year’srecall. Last year there were several reports of Note 7 devices bursting into flames leading to . The culprit: faulty batteries.
Since then, Samsung has vowed to make safer batteries and has even instilled. This is crucial because Samsung is set to unveil the Galaxy Note 7 successor, the , on .
Our first question is how this could have happened just now, when the Galaxy Note 4 is a three-year-old phone? Well, it’s actually not Samsung’s fault. The affected batteries were found in refurbished Note 4’s that were distributed by FedEx Supply Chain as replacement phones for an AT&T insurance program.
A Samsung spokesperson told CNET that the program was managed independently of Samsung and that the affected batteries are not genuine Samsung products. Some of these batteries were determined to be counterfeit, which may account for the dangerous anomalies leading to overheating.
Although the original Note 4 is from 2014, the affected batteries were distributed December 2016 through April 2017.
AT&T and FedEx did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The good news is that this recall is relatively small. The CPSC estimates that about 10,200 batteries are affected by the recall, which is much smaller than the. Another big difference between the recalls is that the Note 4 features a removable battery, making it much easier to deal with than the internal Note 7 battery.
If you received a replacement Note 4 from the AT&T insurance program or suspect you are using an affected device, turn off your phone immediately. FedEx Supply Chain will give affected customers a safe replacement battery and a box to send in the recalled ones. For more information visit the recall’s website or call FedEx Supply Chain at 800-338-0163 during business hours.