Samsung's Galaxy Note7 fiasco continues. After recalling faulty devices, pushing battery-limiting software updates, issuing replacements, then recalling all Galaxy Note7s and halting production entirely, the company is doubling down on limiting the explosive potential of any Note7 still in the hands of a customer.
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Yesterday, food replacement startup Soylent halted sales of its Soylent 1.6 powder amidst reports that it was making customers sick. Two weeks prior, the company paused sales of its latest product, the Food Bar, after Gizmodo reported that several customers had experienced nausea, vomiting, "uncontrollable diarrhoea" and severe dehydration after consuming the bars. Some customers were admitted to the emergency room due to their symptoms.
Samsung's recall of the Galaxy Note 7 is in full gear, with fixed units expected in stores from September 21. Now, Samsung has detailed what it's doing to let owners know whether or not their new Note 7 is safe.
As part of Samsung's worldwide recall affecting over a million Galaxy Note7 smartphones, every owner of a Note7 in Australia — even if they bought the phone overseas or online — will be contacted proactively to arrange their choice of a replacement phone, a full refund, or an expert repair. No battery fire incidents have been reported in Australia, but the company is taking unprecedented steps to address any potential issue to keep customers happy.
IKEA is urging people to accept a free wall anchoring kit for around 27 million of its dressers in the US as a response to children getting crushed to death by them.
Beats' Pill XL speakers are HOT HOT HOT! As in, they will literally catch on fire, and you should remove them from your home or office environment immediately. Apple is recalling Beats' largest Pill speaker model because overheating batteries may cause the oblong, overpriced speakers to be set ablaze.
They say that it's all fun and games until somebody loses an eye. Technically, the same applies to skull fractures, poisoning and third-degree burns. Throughout history, toy makers have designed some truly brutal products (lawn darts, anyone?). But with modern-day lawsuits, you'd think we would have curbed that problem. Yet, in their fervour to create the next Slinky, Etch A Sketch or Tickle Me Elmo, toy manufacturers continue to put dangerous product designs on the market.
Two months after Nest took its smart smoke detector Protect off the shelves based on an internally identified safety issue, Protect is once again for sale. Nest announced it would resume sales in a late-night blog post today — and the news comes with a welcome price chop.
A little more than a month after Nest announced it would halt the sale of its Protect smoke and CO alarm, the company has announced the official recall of every alarm sold so far. A report filed on the US Consumer Product Safety Commission website announced the recall.
Dyson's Hot + Cool Air Multiplier fan heaters are being recalled worldwide, for a safety fix after a small number of units short-circuited and caught fire. Apparently up to a million heaters are up for repair; the "potential safety issue" has Dyson offering any customers a free repair including postage to and from Dyson's Australian workshops, and a brand new two year warranty upon the devices' return.
Fitbit announced today that it will recall its new Force model, after users complained of rashes and burns while wearing it. Fitbit CEO James Park says the recall is motivated by "an abundance of caution".