A proposed class action filed in New York today claims certain smartphone models made by defendant Samsung Electronics of America, Inc. are “prone to overheating, fire, and explosion,” and that the company was aware of these alleged dangers, yet hid them from consumers. The complaint argues that consumers were misled by Samsung’s advertising and marketing and would not have paid a premium price for the devices had they known the phones’ lithium ion batteries, identified as the cause of reported explosions and fires, were unsafe. Further, the lawsuit attacks the defendant’s allegedly inadequate response to reports of exploding smartphones, claiming Samsung has been aware of the problems for years and, still, “has failed to fix the root problem at the heart of its batteries, as well as notify or warn the public of the dangers the affected models represent, or to initiate a recall of the affected models.”
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