An alleged incident has been reported by the New York Post detailing what may be the first case of the Samsung Galaxy Note 9's battery catching on fire. Diane Chung, who is a real estate agent, has filed a lawsuit after her new unit spontaneously combusted on September 3 in her purse while she was in the elevator. Then she heard a whistling sound and noticed thick black smoke from her handbag.
She put the bag on the floor and tried to empty it, burning her fingers in the process, the suit alleges.
The phone kept burning until a man picked it up and immersed it in a bucket of water.
Chung calls the experience "traumatic" in her lawsuit, adding that the fire left her unable to contact clients and ruined everything in her bag. Her lawsuit is seeking an unspecified amount of money in damages, as well as a restraining order that would prevent Samsung from selling the Galaxy Note 9. If Samsung's new Galaxy Note 9 suffers the same fate as Note 7, the company might have to consider discontinuing the entire line-up. The issue, which the company says is the only one reported, has triggered memories of the battery explosions in dozens of Galaxy Note 7 devices. "Users do not have to worry about the batteries anymore", he said. The latter recall was required after it was found that there were close to 100 cases of Note 7 units catching fire in the US alone, as noted by Wired. "She claims she was trapped alone in the elevator with the burning Galaxy Note 9, and was "extremely panicked". At 4,000mAh, it is the biggest battery found in a device that is marketed under the Galaxy Note brand.