Girl injured by exploding Samsung Galaxy S2

A 7year-old girl was inflicted with severe injuries from an exploding smartphone in her hometown of Astana, Kazakhstan.

The girl, Ariana Aitzhan​, was playing in the garden when her parents suddenly heard screaming. When they rushed to see what was wrong, they found their daughter on the floor, next to an exploded Samsung S2. A nearby friend said the phone exploded in Aitzhan's pocket.

A neighbor helped the daughter before the parents arrived, but the burn was so intense that her skin fused with her jeans. Upon removing the jeans, it had also taken some of her flesh. Ariana was taken to a hospital to receive care. Upon examination, the leg injury was so severe that the burn went down to the bone and required a skin graft to repair. According to the mother, Ariana is still in shock and is now afraid of smartphones.

According to the Mirror, Samsung has offered to pay for all medical bills and required plastic surgery. Ariana’s father has refused this, fearing Samsung could be trying to cover up the incident.​ Samsung will require the device to be returned for testing and analysis.

Source: Mirror Online | Image via Mirror

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Ohhh dear... this time tomorrow it will be revealed how the girl's father tried to save money by buying a cheap replacement crappy battery and/or charger.

One thing that is clear, the burn doesn't go down to the bone as stated in the article it just looks like a 2nd degree burn that'll probably heal on it own.

Sorry about the girl getting hurt, but what the heck does a 7 year old need with a phone?

The exact reason the world is so dumb now a days is because of not so smart smart phones!

I hate watching people walking and driving and using their phones 24/7. Absolutely ridiculous!

The parents might have upgraded to an S3 or 4 and given her the old one with no service plan. It's still good for apps and the camera. My kids use an old Samsung Focus for just that.

cork1958 said,
Sorry about the girl getting hurt, but what the heck does a 7 year old need with a phone?

Better yet, why does a 7-year old bring a phone with him/her to play outside in a garden?

I can confirm that samsung has issues with battery's as my galaxy s3 started smoking. did nothing about it since 1. I knew samsung would deny it also not do anything about it.

I can also confirm that here in canada don't know about other country's but when rma'ing a phone Galaxy Note 2 they ship it back to you in a bubble wrap envelope (well they did with me at least) scratched up my screen and f-ed up my torch light to the point of can't use phone to take photos in low light areas and now refuse to do anything about it.

Samsung Galaxy Explosion: 5 Times That Galaxy Devices Have Spontaneously Combusted m.ibtimes.com/samsung-galaxy-explosion-5-times-galaxy-devices-have-spontaneously-combusted-1342747

Scary. I have an S2 for those rare occasions I'm feeling masochistic and want to use Android. Definitely will be taking out the battery and disposing of it now.

Li ion batteries are not 100% safe. Saying that this is because of a third party battery is based on wild speculation as the photo is clearly showing the compartment. Oh and yes, seeing that the source is no other, but one of symbols of objective, accurate and unbiased journalism I'll take that whole story with a grain of salt.

Crap happens. Nothing is 100 percent secure or foolproof. Brakes fail in cars from time to time, that hard drive you just bought may fail tomorrow. Glad she is ok and Samsung is paying for things but crap happens.

And what the heck is a girl doing with a smart phone? Either the parents are not responsible of their things, or they gave their kid a cell phone.

techbeck said,
And what the heck is a girl doing with a smart phone?

Careful, that's bordering on sexism. Whether or not she's 7 years old. Kids these days are very bright and clever.

techbeck said,
Really? Girl as it kid doing with a cell phone unsupervised. I didnt say what are women doing will cell phone.

Doesn't make a difference, it's still discrimination. It isn't up to you to say kids can't have a phone. If their parents see fit that they're capable of using one, then so be it. I was doing electronics with multimeters at that age, surely a lot more difficult than using a phone.

Not surprised. This post is going to look like obvious victim blaming... but a 7 year old probably doesn't handle their smartphone in a manner that wouldn't prevent damage. Damaged phones can do some crazy things. It just doesn't seem smart to me to be giving them to young children full-time unsupervised.

Absolutely horrible what happened to this young girl, but not a surprise to me. People think these things are invincible. My daughters phone once malfunctioned in such a way that every time you touched the glass you got a mild tingling sensation from an errant electrical charge. She had a habit of using her phone to hammer thumbtacks into the wall to hang her 1direction posters, and her phone responded by electrifying her every time she touched it.

It's especially bad when people give kids their old phones to play with, because they might already be beat to crud, and then the kid makes it worse by being a kid.

I think Neowin would have been one of the first to report anything like this..
I actually wrote a long rant but in the end I saw that there is no point in arguing with people like you, have a nice day sir.

Javik said,
Wonder how quickly this news would appear here had it been a Lumia device that had exploded.

don't be so ridiculous...


A Lumia would never explode like this.

Javik said,
Wonder how quickly this news would appear here had it been a Lumia device that had exploded.

Silly boy. If a Nokia exploded the universe would be at an end.

recursive said,
They would have a tough time getting paid from some nameless Chinese battery manufacturer.

Oh you zealous fans see what you want to see, huh? You haven't conducted an investigation and the fact that you are spouting off knowledge like you have done an investigation makes your comments an absolute joke.

Who knows what happened, exactly? This will need to be looked at by an expert (i.e., not you).

Shadrack said,

Oh you zealous fans see what you want to see, huh? You haven't conducted an investigation and the fact that you are spouting off knowledge like you have done an investigation makes your comments an absolute joke.

Who knows what happened, exactly? This will need to be looked at by an expert (i.e., not you).

Well you're obviously correct, but going from the image in the article, the battery is not an official Samsung one. An official Samsung Galaxy S2 battery looks like this...

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B004WMGI94

... whereas the one shown in the article is black with a white sticker on it.

tomasse said,

As others have already stated, the original samsung battery is white with black label, the exact opposite from what this picture shows.
Here's also some proof http://goo.gl/Q4JGgx ...sooo...yeah!

There is no battery in the image.... Sooo...yeah!

mrp04 said,

There is no battery in the image.... Sooo...yeah!

Indeed looking at the image again you appear to be correct. The exposed pins are a dead giveaway.

I guess that begs the question "what battery was in it" then.

the company says that they have still not received the damaged product for examination from the parents. “Earlier, the client said that they want to conduct an independent examination. But as of today, the examination has not been conducted yet and they don't not let us establish the cause for the explosion. Moreover, we haev been unable to contact the girl's parents,” a Samsung Electronics Kazakhstan representative said.

According to the company, their preliminary analysis of the photos sent by the father of the girl showed that the phone battery was the cause. But thge battery was not produced by Samsung or any of Samsung's authorized producers.

http://en.tengrinews.kz/emerge...ation-comes-to-halt-253290/

Aren't the Samsung S2 batteries white with a black label? Whereas the battery in the photo is clearly black with a white label?

well technically either way is samsung's fault. either you don't give an option for user to change battery or if you do measure and foresee these issue. even the cheapest battery doesn't explode by itself. so its the circuit that cause overheating and explosion. any way S2 was indeed a crappy phone. I used to have it and hated it. samsung really got into making decent phone game after S3.

trojan_market said,
well technically either way is samsung's fault. either you don't give an option for user to change battery or if you do measure and foresee these issue. even the cheapest battery doesn't explode by itself. so its the circuit that cause overheating and explosion. any way S2 was indeed a crappy phone. I used to have it and hated it. samsung really got into making decent phone game after S3.

I disagree. If I put rocket fuel in my car and it explodes, it's not the car manufacturer's fault. I'd be pretty confident that there's some legal text somewhere that discusses liability with third party parts.

Brian M. said,
Aren't the Samsung S2 batteries white with a black label? Whereas the battery in the photo is clearly black with a white label?

I don't think that the thing you are seeing there is the battery, rather it's the compartment for the battery

trojan_market said,
...

Unless the phone was sold by a third-party (not talking a distributions store). Because they may have swapped out parts (battery included). Samsung cannot monitor that, although I'm somewhat surprised they would turn down the offerings of medical costs.

Astra.Xtreme said,

I disagree. If I put rocket fuel in my car and it explodes, it's not the car manufacturer's fault. I'd be pretty confident that there's some legal text somewhere that discusses liability with third party parts.

Just as a point of note, if we are talking liquid rocket fuel, and you are not using a Russian rocket motor, there is a good chance the fuel is kerosene, it'll likely not play nice in your engine, but it also shouldn't explode

trojan_market said,
well technically either way is samsung's fault. either you don't give an option for user to change battery or if you do measure and foresee these issue.

What a ludicrous thing to say. Samsung isn't to blame if the issue was due to the poor quality of a third-party battery. By that logic it would be the fault of the house builder if you plugged in a faulty electrical device and it set the house on fire.

People need to know that cheap batteries can be very dangerous and governments need to do more to regulate the manufacturers of these dangerous batteries.

Brian M. said,
Aren't the Samsung S2 batteries white with a black label? Whereas the battery in the photo is clearly black with a white label?

Correct, White with a black frame, and black label.

trojan_market said,
well technically either way is samsung's fault. either you don't give an option for user to change battery or if you do measure and foresee these issue. even the cheapest battery doesn't explode by itself. so its the circuit that cause overheating and explosion. any way S2 was indeed a crappy phone. I used to have it and hated it. samsung really got into making decent phone game after S3.

Just because they allow you to replace the battery, doesn't mean they are responsible for the quality control for all 3rd party replacements. Do I blame HP when my Windows installation corrupted when I put new RAM in?

Sraf said,

I don't think that the thing you are seeing there is the battery, rather it's the compartment for the battery

IDK if I'm not seeing well, but I see no battery in the picture above, just the empty space where the battery should be and a label at the bottom.

According to her parents, they bought the Samsung Galaxy S2 phone a year ago in one of Astana shops. ...

The company also reminded about safety requirements concerning usage of their mobile phones. “Unfortunately it is not the first case, there were similar incidents with electronic goods of other companies. Most of these incidents happened because customers didn't adhere to the safety requirements and used uncertified spare parts and batteries,” the representative said.

http://azh.kz/en/news/view/3700

trojan_market said,
well technically either way is samsung's fault. either you don't give an option for user to change battery or if you do measure and foresee these issue. even the cheapest battery doesn't explode by itself. so its the circuit that cause overheating and explosion. any way S2 was indeed a crappy phone. I used to have it and hated it. samsung really got into making decent phone game after S3.

Not true! Lithium-ion batteries can short internally. They can catch fire or explode.

Brian M. said,
Aren't the Samsung S2 batteries white with a black label? Whereas the battery in the photo is clearly black with a white label?

You are seeing the serial/imei sticker there. That's just the compartment and the battery isn't shown at all.

McKay said,

Do I blame HP when my Windows installation corrupted when I put new RAM in?

I do. I blame HP for everything ;).