Owners of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones should stop using the devices and turn them off because of the threat of a battery fire, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission is warning.
The CPSC said in a statement on Friday it was working with Samsung to announce an official recall of the devices as soon as possible.
The agency said it is working quickly to determine whether a replacement Galaxy Note 7 is an acceptable remedy for Samsung or their phone carriers to provide to consumers.
In New Zealand, Samsung has said it will replace any Galaxy Note 7 phone and that no other Samsung smartphones have been affected by the problem.
The timing of the fault is bad for Samsung, with Apple's latest iPhone now available for pre-order.
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