Samsung had beaten Apple to market with the Note 7 by weeks, and it was drawing favorable reviews before consumers began reporting problems with the battery overheating, resulting in fires and explosions. Other countries will also resume sales later this month or in early October.
Following incidents like batteries bursting into flames, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission has said that around one million Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones, manufactured by the tech giant, will be recalled.
Samsung has received 92 reports of the batteries overheating in the USA, including 26 reports of burns and 55 of property damage, according to the US commission's website. The device was also deemed a flight hazard by various government authorities who ordered airline passengers not to bring their Note 7s on planes unless they keep them turned off during the flight. Samsung is printed on the top front of the phone and Galaxy Note7 is printed on the back of the phone. Oh Soo-young, Arirang News.
This recall follows the global announcement of battery cell issues related to certain Galaxy Note7 devices.
Globally, the South Korean has sold about 2.5 million units of Note 7 since the device was officially released in August.
Samsung meanwhile announced replacements for the faulty phones would be available to U.S. customers next week.
The move by the United States safety agency formalizes the recall underway in 10 countries after reports of faulty batteries that caused some handsets to explode during charging. If so, consumers can take the device back to Samsung or to the phone carrier that sold it.
According to a Thursday video message from Samsung Electronics America President and COO Tim Baxter, said around 13 percent of the impacted devices have already been exchanged in the United States. In it, the company revealed that replacement units of the smartphone would be available starting from September 21. "To our Note 7 owners, if you have not yet replaced your original Note 7, please, please power it down and return it".