US Samsung users asked to stop using faulty smartphone

  • 10/09/2016
A functional Galaxy Note 7 (Samsung)
A functional Galaxy Note 7 (Samsung)

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.

Reuters / Newshub.