It's official — two days after Samsung canceled the phone, it's been recalled (again) in the United States.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has issued a second recall of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, affecting both old and new replacement models. Significantly, the CPSC statement now tells us exactly how many battery fire reports have been reported in the new Note 7 with the green battery icon.
From the CPSC statement (emphasis ours):
Samsung has received 96 reports of batteries in Note7 phones overheating in the U.S., including 23 new reports since the September 15 recall announcement. Samsung has received 13 reports of burns and 47 reports of property damage associated with Note7 phones.
In line with Samsung's guidance, the CPSC says customers should immediately power off their phones and return them for a refund or a (different) replacement device. While Samsung had already canceled the Note 7, the official recall of replacement Notes is an important legal step — for instance, it's illegal to sell a recalled product, and one may not be taken aboard an airplane in the U.S. at all, in any capacity.
It's the latest development in a what's been a dire couple of months for Samsung, with the Note 7 fiasco damaging its brand, eroding consumer trust and knocking billions off its market value. If you've still got a Note 7, return it and get one of these great Android phones instead.