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Insurance company sues Apple alleging defective iPhone 4s caused US home fire

Some pretty nasty incidents over the past year have kind of made Samsung the official face of the world's burning phones. However, while the ill-fated Galaxy Note7 actually had a design problem that made it particularly prone to this kind of explosive defect, never mind that any type of battery-powered device presents a risk, especially if not used properly. .

This story is a good reminder of that.

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It all started in New Richmond, Wisconsin, on April 1, 2016: on that fateful day, Xai Thao's house was consumed by flames. Fortunately, no one was injured, but the estimated damage was about $ 75,000. And according to Thao himself and his insurer, the culprit for the fire has a first and last name: iPhone 4s.

According to the victim and his insurance company, State farm (which, by the way, is one of the largest and most powerful insurers in the United States), Apple reportedly sold him a battery-defective device that caused a short circuit that started the fire and soon consumed Thao's entire home. The discovery was made from an investigative analysis of the iPhone's "scraps", which indicated a "thermal event" in the battery area and evidence of a short circuit.

The insurer also states that its customer had never even opened the three-year-old iPhone, meaning it still had the original battery shipped by Apple. Now, Thao and State Farm are filing a lawsuit against Apple and claiming the $ 75,000 in damages that the victim is estimated to have lost with the fire.

It is not yet known what the outcome of this story will be; Apple has not even issued a statement about the imbroglio, so surely a lot of water is still rolling under that bridge before the case is closed. Still, even if the iPhone is ultimately cleared (which is not a hypothesis to be dismissed, given the insurers' efforts not to take money out of their own pocket), the reminder is: be careful with your device, use it. Always carry original chargers and always carry them on solid, flat surfaces. The consequences of a defect can be devastating.

via Apple World Today