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Report: Samsung Rushed Galaxy Note 7 To Beat Predictable iPhone 7 To Market

The Galaxy Note 7 has been plagued by reports of fires and explosions almost since the day it launched. After a few tumultuous weeks and a “product exchange,” the phone finally received an official safety recall on Sept. 15. But Samsung’s been making smartphones for a while now. The previous iterations of the Galaxy Note, and the company’s other popular series, the Galaxy S, generally do not explode. So how did they blow it so badly on this one? [More]

(Andy Jones)

Nissan Tells Owners Of 120K Recalled Cars To Park Outside Over Fire Concerns

The last thing you want to worry about after coming home from a long day at work is whether or not parking your car in the garage will start a fire. For some Nissan vehicles, that’s apparently a possibility, with the carmaker warning owners of 120,000 recently recalled SUVs and sedans to keep their vehicles outdoors until they are repaired.
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FAA Considers Banning Samsung Galaxy Note 7; Another User Reports Explosion

Samsung still hasn’t officially recalled the Galaxy Note 7, its new smartphone that has a rare but very problematic issue with exploding batteries. While the company has admitted that the phones are defective and has an exchange program in place, it’s not an official recall through the Consumer Products Safety Commission. That’s a problem for the Federal Aviation Administration, since the phone would automatically be banned from planes if it had been recalled. It hasn’t, so it’s not. [More]

Overheated iPhone Burns Through 12 Pages Of Notebook Paper

Overheated iPhone Burns Through 12 Pages Of Notebook Paper

Mobile phones are our constant companions, yet it’s easy to forget that they’re electronic devices packed full of delicate components and tiny but powerful rechargeable batteries. The Cherry Hill, NJ fire department says that this resident’s iPhone 6 overheated and burned through 12 pages of a notebook. [More]

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Ford Recalls 48,300 Vehicles Over Fire Hazard, Airbag Deployment Issues

Incorrectly positioned airbags, heaters that can cause a fire, and parking brakes that can fail. Those are three things you probably don’t want to occur in your vehicle. But for thousands of Ford owners it’s a possibility and the carmaker has issued three recalls to fix things.  [More]

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Walmart Employee Drags Unconscious Woman From Her Burning Car

When employees of a Pennsylvania Walmart learned that there was a car on fire in the parking lot early in the morning on New Year’s Day, they didn’t sit around, stare into space, and wait for the fire department to show up. An overnight employee ran outside with a fire extinguisher to put out the blaze… and that’s when he noticed an unconscious woman inside the locked vehicle. [More]

Mazda Recalls 1.2M Vehicles Because Grease In The Ignition Can Cause A Fire

Mazda Recalls 1.2M Vehicles Because Grease In The Ignition Can Cause A Fire

If you have an older Mazda that still runs like a champ, listen up: the car company is recalling nearly 1.2 million vehicles made in the 1990s because of defective ignition switches.  [More]

Toyota Recalling 6.5M Cars Worldwide Because Windows Should Not Start Fires

Toyota Recalling 6.5M Cars Worldwide Because Windows Should Not Start Fires

Ah, fall: the time of year when you need neither the air conditioning nor the heat on in your car, but just need to roll the window down a few inches to feel that lovely autumn breeze. Unless you are one of the 6.5 million people in the world who own certain model Toyota and Scion cars, in which case rolling down that window might just smell like your driver’s side door catching fire.

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GM Recalls 121K Cadillac Sedans Because Defogging Shouldn’t Start A Fire

GM Recalls 121K Cadillac Sedans Because Defogging Shouldn’t Start A Fire

When activating the defogger control in your vehicle you expect it to defog your windows, not start a fire. Alas, that’s apparently the case for nearly 121,000 Cadillac sedans that are part of General Motor’s latest recall. [More]

GM’s Colorado, Canyon Trucks Reportedly At Risk For Same Fire Issues As Recalled Hummers

GM’s Colorado, Canyon Trucks Reportedly At Risk For Same Fire Issues As Recalled Hummers

Following reports yesterday that General Motors knew that hundreds of thousands of Hummer vehicles were prone to fires because of potential electrical shorts before recalling the vehicles under the threat of an investigation by regulators, it now appears that two other models produced by the car maker may have the same issues, yet they remain on the road. [More]

Report: GM Threatened With Regulatory Investigation Before Issuing Recall For Fire-Prone Hummers

Report: GM Threatened With Regulatory Investigation Before Issuing Recall For Fire-Prone Hummers

Last week, General Motors announced that it would recall nearly 196,000 Hummer vehicles because simply turning on the heating or cooling system could set the car ablaze. While we reported that federal regulators had received nearly two dozen consumer complaints about the issue over the past seven years, a new report finds that the real number of reported incidents is much higher, and that GM may have continued to put off issuing the recall had it not been for threats of an investigation. [More]

(Mark Turnauckas)

General Motors Recalls Nearly 200,000 Hummers Because They Shouldn’t Just Catch On Fire

When operating your vehicle’s heating and cooling system, one probably doesn’t fathom a scenario in which simply turning on that function could set the car ablaze.  But that’s exactly what several owners of Hummer SUVs say happened to them. [More]

Comcast Refused To Cancel Cable For Customer Whose House Went Up In Flames

Comcast Refused To Cancel Cable For Customer Whose House Went Up In Flames

When your house burns down, the last thing you should be concerned about is having to make repeated calls to your cable provider to get them to cancel or suspend your service. And yet Comcast refused to cancel service for one Minnesota customer after his house was turned to ashes — all because he couldn’t provide his full account number. [More]

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Jury Orders Chrysler To Pay $150M After Jeep Fire Kills Four-Year-Old

Two years after Chrysler reluctantly recalled millions of Jeeps that could catch fire after being rear-ended the company has been ordered to pay $150 million to the family of a four-year-old boy who was killed in one of hundreds of related accidents. [More]

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Family Says Devastating House Fire Was Sparked By Refracted Rays From Nutella Jar

Sure, glass jars are pretty. But one family in London is warning others against using empty jars as decoration after rays from the sun refracted off a Nutella container in a windowsill, starting a blaze that engulfed the home and killed their beloved pet.

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Mercedes-Benz Recalls Nearly 150,000 Sedans Because Fires Aren’t Part Of The Driving Experience

There are a number of places you might expect to see a fire: camping, in the fireplace on a cold night. But one place you don’t want to experience a blaze is in your car’s engine. For that reason Mercedes-Benz is recalling nearly 150,000 sedans and station wagons. [More]

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Kia Recalls 87,000 Sedans For Potential Fire Hazard

The purpose of a cooling fan in your vehicle is to cool the car’s components under the hood. For nearly 87,000 Kia sedans, that apparently isn’t the case, as a piece of the fan has been found to overheat, melt and start a fire. So should come as no surprise that Kia would then recall those vehicles – which it did over the weekend. [More]

(David Gutowski)

California Teen Allegedly Sets Christmas-Themed Stuffed Animals On Fire At Walmart

In the past we’ve reported on some very disturbing behavior when it comes to consumers, stuffed animals, and Walmart (remember the humping incident?). The weirdness continued early this morning at a California store when a teen allegedly started a fire with the toys. [More]