Samsung says it will expedite the recall of its Galaxy Note 7 smartphone because of battery issues.



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Samsung says it will expedite the recall of its Galaxy Note 7 smartphone because of battery issues. The phones are a serious fire hazard that can lead to injury and property damage. Marlie Hall has our report.

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MARLIE HALL: Federal regulators recalled about one million Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones because the batteries can explode or catch fire.

ELLIOT KAYE (U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Chairman): Because this product presents such a serious fire hazard, I am urging all consumers, all consumers to take advantage of this recall right away.

MAN (internet video): I just wanted to post this and share what just happened to my Note 7.

MARLIE HALL: Samsung confirmed a few dozen instances of the problem. Florida resident Nathan Dornacher`s Jeep caught fire after he left his new phone inside it to charge.

NATHAN DORNACHER: That`s the last thought in my head is that a brand new device, something as simple as a phone is going to burn down my, you know, car.

MARLIE HALL: Samsung tells CBS News the positive and negative sides of the battery came into contact with each other, causing the manufacturing problem. The company had voluntarily recalled the devices, a move the Consumer Product Safety Commission blasted.

ELLIOT KAYE: Anybody who thinks that a company going out on its own is going to provide the best recall for that company, and more importantly for the consumer, needs to have more than their phone checked.

MARLIE HALL: Consumers can get a full refund or a replacement phone.

Marlie Hall, CBS News, New York.

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MEG OLIVER: The Department of Transportation is telling the airline passengers not to bring their Galaxy Note 7 smartphones on planes unless they keep them turned off and don`t charge them during the flight. Passengers cannot put the phone in a checked bag and must also deactivate any app that could power up the phone.


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