Florida Man Says Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Blew Up And Torched His Jeep

A man in the U.S. claims that his faulty Samsung Galaxy Note 7 caused his Jeep Grand Cherokee to go up in flames in St Petersburg, Florida.

While speaking with Fox13, Nathan Dornacher said that while at a yard sale, he left his Note 7 to charge in the Jeep’s center console. Shortly after, he looked out of the window to see the SUV ablaze. Although fire crews arrived on the scene and managed to douse the flames, it was too late to save the Jeep, so intense was the fire.

Just last week, Samsung issued a recall for the Note 7 in ten different countries after confirmation of at least 35 Note 7s catching fire or exploding while being charged.

In a statement, the tech giant said that it was working with Dornacher to investigate the incident.

“We are aware of the incident and we are working with Mr. Dornacher to investigate his case and ensure we do everything we can for him. Consumer safety is Samsung’s highest priority. With regard to the Galaxy Note7, we are asking owners to take advantage of the Product Exchange Program announced on Friday of last week.”

Dornacher confirmed on Facebook that the Korean company had been in touch with him and is “being very helpful”:

“Here is a update on everything @Samsung has been in contact with us since last night and is being very helpful. They are sending someone to review everything. We will not gain anything from this for the keyboard invesgator’s out there. Yes we had insurance but very minimum and nothing to cover any of the recent work done no ones fault but our own. We are not and have not asked for anything, we are not getting a lawyer, we will replace in time when we can afford it.

All I want out of this is for everyone to take this recall seriously and if you didn’t know about it please educate yourself before it’s too late I had the phone for 5 days and not having tv or a notification we did not know. We are safe no one was hurt all that matters to me.”

Photos courtesy of Nathan Dornacher @ Facebook



  • xDRAN0x

    So he wanted to get a new car for free, can’t blame him

  • fabri99

    This stinks. I don’t know how phone recalls works, but the company surely finds a way to make you know that your phone is faulty. Plus, it’s they’re fault if they didn’t know about the recall because they don’t have TV/notifications or whatever. The recall was issued, it seems weird that it didn’t get to them but even if didn’t, as they claim, it’s still their fault.

    • Matt

      You’re right, it is Samsung’s fault.

  • msuboon

    guy realized the warranty on his jeep was up and had to think fast

  • Christian

    Sure it did….

  • kachuks

    So what did he take the pics with??

    • Matt

      Maybe, just maybe he has another phone or digital camera. I mean, I know, shock horror right??

  • Topic2Disqus

    Truth is Note 7 rules.

  • smartacus

    if a tiny lilthium battery in a Samsung Galaxy Note 7 can do that, imagine Vanilla Musk’s toastla

    • Tumbi Mtika

      Maybe this…

  • BqWsRe

    I smell BS! Story just too perfect of not having this, not knowing that, etc.

    Don’t have TV or the Internet, couldn’t afford insurance, but somehow knew all about the latest, greatest phone and over $1,000 laying around to buy one. Yup, okay.

  • roy

    How ironic it’s this?! If I recall correctly Samsung is a key strategic partner for FCA isn’t it? At least that’s what Sergio had stated

  • Status

    “Florida man”

    That’s enough to call shens on his claims.

  • BlackPegasus

    Next time get an iPhone.

    • Status

      But that’s a toy, not a tool.

  • pcurve

    you guys are brutal. lol.

  • And what a coincidence that he left a Picasso in the trunk on that very day… 🙂

  • getoffme

    So fishy as hell, especially when it happened in Florida.

  • getoffme

    Is it coincidence that Samsung is put on a bad light, while Apple just introduced the iPhone 7?

  • dumblikeyou2

    Just in time for the upcoming Grand Cherokee Hellcat

  • Tumbi Mtika

    These galaxy note 7s are really popular.

    You could say that…

    They’re really BLOWING UP.

  • TheHake

    The Empire shouldn’t have left a Note 7 charging in the Deathstar either…

  • plm

    who backs into and parks in a private drive
    way when at a garage sale?

    • Status

      It’s safer to back into drive ways that to back out of one into the street.

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