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Potential Hazards in Samsung Smartphones & Antibacterial Soap

At Theodoros & Rooth we feel it is our duty to warn you about product recalls that just may be hazardous to your health.

There are dozens of recalls every week; most of them recalled voluntarily by companies to protect their consumers.  Some you hear about; some you do not.

You should be aware of two recalls that have been in the national news lately.   This time it’s Samsung phones and antibacterial soap.

First, a strong warning that users of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones should stop using them immediately because of the possibility of an exploding battery.

According to an article in Forbes last week, “Since announcing an exchange program for the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 on September 1st, the issue of overheating and exploding batteries has been growing.  Now, just over a week later, Samsung’s latest advice is simple, brutal, and will have lasting repercussions for Samsung, the Android market, and the smartphone ecosystem as a whole. 

Samsung’s current phrasing around the Galaxy Note 7 battery issue is loud and clear. If you have a Galaxy Note 7, stop using it. Right now. Don’t use it under careful supervision, don’t take any chances. Switch it off, speak to the retailer who you purchased the device from, and wait for details on the exchange program.

While the number of confirmed faults of the Note 7 battery are few, Samsung is erring on the side of caution. Nevertheless this is turning into a corporate disaster for Samsung.”

This was the phone that was predicted to make Samsung competitive with the Apple iPhone.   Instead , everyone in the world may remember one simple fact:  Samsung phones explode.

Antibacterial Soaps

Don’t be surprised if some of your soaps are missing from the shelves in stores.  Earlier this month, the The U.S. Food and Drug Administration banned some antibacterial hand and body wash products, saying “they are no more effective than soap and water and could cause long-term harm.”

The move affects 2,100 products, or roughly 40 percent of the over-the-counter antibacterial soap market.

The ruling does not affect alcohol-based hand sanitizers or antibacterial products used in hospitals and clinics.

The agency said it is banning products that contain any one of 19 ingredients that have not been proven safe.

Johnson & Johnson, Procter & Gamble Co., and Colgate-Palmolive Co. have said they have either reformulated or are reformulating their products to delete the most common of the 19 ingredients, including triclosan and triclocarban.

The lawyers at Theodoros & Rooth place a high priority on products that have been proven harmful.   If you have a concern that the consumption or usage of a product has caused harm due to the irresponsibility of the manufacturer, we urge you to tell us about it.  If you have a case, we will act quickly and aggressively to provide you with fair compensation for any suffering or injury.  There is never a fee until we successfully resolve your case.   Call us today.