Samsung said Tuesday that 500,000 new Note7 devices have been shipped to U.S. carriers and retailers to replace the smartphones recalled because of a fire hazard.
The devices will be available for exchange starting Wednesday, the company said in an emailed statement.
In all, 1 million Note7 devices were recalled by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission last Thursday after reports surfaced that Note7s could catch fire. The problem was related to problems with the phones’ lithium-ion batteries. The CPSC said Samsung had received 92 reports in the United States of batteries overheating, including 26 reports of burns and 55 reports of property damage, including fires in cars and a garage.
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