The Wall Street Journal: Samsung China to recall early-release Galaxy Note 7s over fire hazard

BEIJING — Samsung China plans to immediately to recall 1,858 Galaxy Note 7s that had been acquired by select consumers in China ahead of the official start of sales through a phone trade-up program, China’s quality supervisory agency said Wednesday.

The recalled units were manufactured between July 20 and Aug. 5, and acquired ahead of the Sept. 1 beginning of regular sales, said China’s General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine. Samsung China 005930, +4.23% will replace affected devices with one of the same model.

The problems were leakage in the membrane separating the anode and the cathode in the battery, and insufficient coverage by insulation tape, causing short circuits and overheating, the regulator said.

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