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    The corporate logo of Samsung Electronics Co. was seen, Oct. 5, at its shop in Seoul, South Korea.

PARIS » A Samsung phone user in France says her Galaxy J5 smartphone caught fire and exploded on Sunday. The model is different from the Galaxy Note 7 that has been recalled worldwide.

Lamya Bouyirdane told The Associated Press today that she noticed the phone was very hot after she asked her four-year-old son to pass it over during a family gathering at her home. She said she threw the phone away when she realized it had “swollen up” and smoke was coming out.

“I panicked when I saw the smoke and I had the reflex to throw it away,” said Bouyirdane, a mother of three in the southwestern French city of Pau.

The phone then caught fire and the back blew off. Her partner quickly extinguished it.

Bouyirdane said she bought the phone new last June on a website offering discounts. She said she will sue Samsung.

The South Korean company recently recalled millions of its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones globally because of a problem that caused the batteries to overheat and catch fire.

Samsung did not immediately respond to an email from the AP seeking comments following the latest incident.

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    • Not true. Mark of a rookie poster who willfully fails to do their due diligence before posting.

      Had you checked, you would have learned the Galaxy S5 has a user replaceable battery while the Galaxy S7 does not.

      Samsung is not responsible for a user installing a cheap, unsafe, knock off battery from China. User has final responsibility in replacement battery selection.

      Majority of cell phone batteries will start to swell as the age. An effect from constant charging, discharging, charging. Deal with it.

      • I’ve owned numerous cell phones over the years, dating back to the mid 90s’. I have NEVER experienced a cell phone catching fire or exploding, despite the “charging and discharging”. I’ve owned cell phone batteries from various sources, including “knock off” batteries.

        Theres a serious defect in the production of Samsung phones. Never liked them since experiencing other shoddy products from them back in the early 90s’.

      • Where in the article did it say she used a “knock off battery from China?” Hope you don’t own a Samsung washer cuz millions got recalled too, just like the phones. What’s the next Samsung product being recalled? Wait and see…

      • localguy – Read the article again. It was a Samsung J5 not S5. The lady said she bought the phone new last June – why would anyone replace a battery that is only 5 months old?

      • Don’t own an i-phone only use a Samsung cell-phone which suits our purpose. Have yet to replace the battery as it is chargeable. Do not let it get less than 2 notches and attempt to keep at level 4 always. Being seniors we do not need all the options that Millennials and other copy-cats use their high-tech devices for. Thanks for the info about replaceable batteries for earlier models of the Galaxy series.

    • Apple products are also assembled in China, many of its parts are made somewhere else. I am neither an Apple basher nor a Samsung defender, I am just saying…..

    • Wouldn’t it be nice if those still worked. 🙁 Unfortunately, with the move to “digital” networks, the “analog” phones no longer have the coverage like they used to.

    • My son’s LG G4 just died on him. Apparently some rather widespread problem with the G4. And LG didn’t bother to notify G4 owners of the problem. Won’t turn on at all and can’t upgrade BECAUSE it won’t turn on (this allows TMobile to verify it’s ownership). So he’s stuck with having to wait for a replacement phone through Tmobile. It’s taking a very long time. Could have sent it to LG for repairs but they make the process a P-I-A. As soon as he receives the replacement, he’s upgrading to another brand.

  • Just when I started to feel that Samsung built reliable products?, I have a Galaxy4 which I am very pleased with and was thinking of upgrading to the 7 and then all these problems arise.
    Well, I guess my next move will be toward the Apple 7, but I’m in no rush.

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