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French teen injured by exploding iPhone

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By Charles Starrett

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Published: Thursday, August 13, 2009
News Categories: iPhone

A French teenager has been injured by an “exploding” iPhone, less than two weeks after a report emerged accusing the company of trying to silence the victims of a similar incident involving an iPod touch. The teen’s mother claims that her son was near his girlfriend’s iPhone when it began to make a hissing noise, after which the screen suddenly broke, sending pieces of glass flying, at least one of which struck the teen in the eye. “My son was frightened but he did not lose an eye,” Marie-Dominique Kolega told AFP. The woman has contacted Apple over the incident, but it is unclear whether the company has responded.

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1

Guess that the terrorists have taken all iPhones, be careful!!! I for one, don’t believe that the “screen suddenly broke” after a “hissing sound”. This people are taking it too far to get a free replacemenet after breaking the screen themselves.

Posted by Cask on August 13, 2009 at 10:19 AM (PDT)

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#1: It’s not unheard of for Li Ion batteries to explode if there is an internal defect.  Remember the Sony laptop battery fiasco from a few years ago? Manufacturing defects are known to occur (sometimes batch-related) and we’re bound to see random failures now and then.

Posted by rockmyplimsoul on August 13, 2009 at 1:25 PM (PDT)

3

Yeap it is not unheard of. Batteries can explode in all mobile devices…....but the screen to break out of nowhere??? And there seems to be one of these stories coming every day. And this one for me is the one that is less credible, using even the small spec of glass in the boy’s eye to create a bigger impact.

Posted by Cask on August 13, 2009 at 9:44 PM (PDT)

4

“Your mission, Jim, should you decide to accept it,
is . . . As always, should you or any member of your I.M. Force be caught or killed, the secretary will disavow any knowledge of your actions. This tape will
self-destruct in five seconds.”

Posted by TonyM on August 14, 2009 at 8:28 AM (PDT)

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I’m just curious how that tempered glass screen shattered on its own and then pieces of it sailed through the air to strike the “victim.” It’s not uncommon at all for Li-ON batteries to explode when defective, or more likely, when damaged.

Posted by Anne Freeman on August 16, 2009 at 7:44 PM (PDT)

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