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The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has urged consumers who own Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones to "power them down and stop charging or using" the devices.
The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has urged consumers who own Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones to “power them down and stop charging or using” the devices.

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has urged consumers who own Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones to “power them down and stop charging or using” the devices.

The warning on Friday was based on recent reports involving lithium-ion batteries in certain Note 7 devices that have resulted in fires, Xinhua news agency reported.

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“These incidents have occurred while charging and during normal use, which has led us to call for consumers to power down their Note7s,” it said in a press release.

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The US agency said it was working with Samsung to formally announce an official recall of the devices as soon as possible.

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“CPSC is working quickly to determine whether a replacement Galaxy Note7 is an acceptable remedy for Samsung or their phone carriers to provide to consumers,” it said.

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On Thursday, the US Federal Aviation Administration “strongly” advised passengers “not to turn on or charge” Note 7 devices on board aircraft and “not to stow them in any checked baggage”.