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Apple Faces Product Liability Claim Tied to iPhone 6

AT&T Also Named as Defendant

It appears that it’s not just Samsung smartphone products that pose exploding battery risks. A number of iPhone users have reported injury or property damage when the iPhone 6 has either exploded or burst into flames. A woman in Palm Harbor reported in January, 2017 that her iPhone 6 Plus exploded and caught on fire while charging on a night stand beside her bed. She told authorities that the force of the explosion shattered the glass face of the phone and ejected the display from the housing. The conflagration also damaged her comforter, pillow case and curtains.

In California earlier this month, a man filed suit against Apple and AT&T, alleging that he suffered significant personal injury when his iPhone 6 exploded. He had the phone in his pants pocket at the time and it burned a hole in his pants and also caused burns to his leg.

A mobile phone repair shop in England has also posted a video online, ostensible showing an iPhone 6 exploding in the shop. The shop owner said that the phone’s owner was holding the phone in his hand, applying an ordinary amount of pressure, when the phone began smoking, and the battery failed and exploded, blowing the screen off the phone.

Apple has been aware of allegations that some iPhones have spontaneously caught fire. Last year, the company contended that “external physical damage” was the cause of similar events in China, some of which were videotaped and published online.