Samsung’s new smartphone, the Galaxy Note 7, continues to have fire safety issues and do damage to the company’s image, as well as its stock. Production of the phone has completely stopped and a recall was issued, as Samsung is doing its best to save face. The last major electronic device to randomly burst into flames was the hoverboard. There was a major recall of those as well. The Galaxy Note 7 and hoverboards are just two of many fire safety recalls to happen to major companies over the last several decades. Samsung will definitely have learned a valuable lesson from this debacle, however, this will definitely not be the last time we hear of a major company recalling its flagship product due to fire safety issues. Here are 10 times that companies were forced into major recalls due to fire hazards discovered in their product after launch.

  • 1978 Ford Motor Company - 1.5 million Ford Pintos were recalled so a modification could be installed to reduce the risk of fire. At the time, it was the largest recall in automotive history.

  • 2006 Sony - A number of incidents where batteries either overheated or caught fire caused Dell to recall four million notebook computer batteries made by Sony. Most were sold in the USA, however, about one million were sold outside the USA. Apple Computer also recalled 1.8 million Sony batteries due to this, 700,000 of which were sold outside the USA. Other companies recalled batteries as well, including; Panasonic, Toshiba, IBM/Lenovo, Hitachi, Fujitsu, and Sharp.

  • 2007 Ford Motor Company - The  new 2008 Super Duty was recalled by Ford due to reported tailpipe fires.

  • 2010 Maytag - Nearly 1.7 million dishwashers were recalled by Maytag, in addition to Jenn-Air, and several other companies, due to fire hazards and electrical failures.

  • 2013 Big Lots - Christmas tree lights were recalled by Big Lots due to fire hazard.

  • 2015 Beats Pill XL - Recalled due to a rare fire safety risk, Beats Pill XL Bluetooth Speaker was made by a company acquired by Apple. Customers were urged by Apple to stop using the device, and they were eligible to receive a full $395 refund for the product.

  • 2016 Hoverboard - The major fire safety recall of the past year, hoverboards were the must-have gift of the 2015 holiday season. One problem though; they kept catching fire. Many of these were third party hoverboards but eventually they were banned from being brought onto airplanes. Finally in July, 10 different manufacturers, distributors, and retailers issued a recall of over 500,000 hoverboards. Overstock.com recalled 4,300 hoverboards. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, there have been 99 hoverboard incidents, resulting in injuries and $2 million in damages, across 20 states.

  • 2016 Whirlpool - 15,200 Whirlpool microwaves were recently recalled due to a fire hazard. Five reports of incidents, including a house fire were reported.

  • 2016 Galaxy Note 7 - The Samsung Galaxy Note 7, Samsung’s flagship phone, started catching fire (literally) right away. A major recall was made, and Samsung went into damage control mode. Its stock plummeted and there are still reports of some of their replacement phones even catching fire. Production of the phone has ceased.

  • 2016 Nissan - 134,000 Maxima and Murano vehicles were recalled by Nissan due to fire hazard.

Obviously there is no way to predict which items when purchased will have fire hazard or fire safety issues. The only thing you can do is pay attention to the news, because product recalls do happen. If something you own is recalled by the manufacturer, it is not a suggestion. There is real danger when these items are deemed unsafe enough to recall, and there is no reason to play it macho or be lazy about sending it back. Be smart, be safe, and stay up-to-date on product recalls, because you never know.


Barak Bacharach, SkySaver Content Manager