Samsung has halted production of the Galaxy Note 7 following reports that more replacement handsets have caught fire.
Korean news agency Yonhap said on Sunday that the company has ceased production of the Galaxy Note 7, and Samsung has since confirmed in a statement given to V3 that it will "temporarily" stop making the explosion-prone smartphones.
"We are temporarily adjusting the Galaxy Note 7 production schedule in order to take further steps to ensure quality and safety matters," the firm said.
This drastic step follows reports that several replacement Galaxy Note 7 handsets exploded over the weekend.
One of the incidents involved Michael Lering of Kentucky, who woke up to find his bedroom filled with smoke and his replacement Galaxy Note 7 on fire. He was taken to hospital with acute bronchitis and smoke inhalation.
"The phone is supposed to be the replacement, so you would have thought it would be safe," Klering told WKYT. "It wasn’t plugged in. It wasn’t anything. It was just sitting there."
Another incident, reported at The Verge, involved a new Note 7 fire catching fire in Houston, Texas. Daniel Franks was having lunch with his wife and daughter when a replacement handset caught fire on the table. It had been replaced at a Best Buy store in late September.
This comes just days after Southwest Airlines was forced to evacuate a plane after a Galaxy Note 7 caught fire and burned a hole through the aircraft's carpet.
Samsung said on its website on Friday in response to the recent reports that the company "understands the concern of our carriers and consumers".
"We continue to move quickly to investigate the reported case to determine the cause and will share findings as soon as possible. If we conclude a safety issue exists, we will work with the US Consumer Product Safety Commission to take immediate steps to address the situation," the firm said.
As if Samsung wasn't having enough of a PR meltdown, US carriers AT&T and T-Mobile have revealed that they will no longer replace Galaxy Note 7 devices, while the latter said that it will halt all sales of the phone.
"While Samsung investigates multiple reports of issues, T-Mobile is temporarily suspending all sales of the new Note 7 and exchanges for replacement Note 7 devices," T-Mobile said on its website.
It's unclear whether UK carriers plan to suspend sales of the Galaxy Note 7, but we've been in touch with the big four operators and will update this article if we hear back.
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