Samsung Is Now Facing Its First Lawsuit Over Their Exploding Galaxy Note 7 Phones

Is the 1984 Stephen King adaptation Firestarter your favorite movie? Well, even if it is, the time has come for you to cut bait on your Samsung Galaxy Note 7 and take that thing back to the store.

The batteries in these brand new devices are serious fire hazards, with one apparently resulting in a car fire and another starting a blaze that led to a house being condemned. Given the amount of reports swirling around these phones blowing up, it’s no wonder that now comes word that a lawsuit has been filed in Florida after a man claimed his Galaxy Note 7 blew up in his pocket, causing second-degree burns on his leg and thumb.

Samsung issued a recall on roughly a million Galaxy Note 7s earlier this week but this particular incident occurred a week beforehand. Per Reuters, Jonathan Strobel of Boca Raton, is seeking unspecified damages for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other alleged injuries.

“Unfortunately for my client the recall came too late,” Strobel’s lawyer said.

A spokeswoman for Samsung wouldn’t comment on the pending suit, according to Reuters, but did say, “We are urging all Note 7 owners to power their device down and exchange it immediately.”

The recall seems to be taking a while to truly take effect. According to The Verge, just about 130,000 units sold in the U.S. — less than 15 percent — have been returned to Samsung.

(Via Reuters)