Reliance Jio LYF phone explodes
A man, associated with Omar Abdullah’s NCP, on Sunday said his family “narrowly escaped” after his 4G LYF smartphone, sold by RIL’s retail arm Reliance Retail, burst into the flames.
Tanvir Sadiq, who described himself on Twitter as the political secretary to Abdullah, posted photographs of his charred LYF phone on the networking site, Hindustan Times reported.
The official handle of LYF Smartphones responded: “Sorry for the inconvenience caused… As discussed we are investigating on this.”
— Tanvir Sadiq (@tanvirsadiq) November 6, 2016
The incident comes a month after Samsung scrapped its new flagship Galaxy Note 7 smartphone following several reports of fires in its devices. The South Korean giant pulled the plug on the device in what could be among the costliest product safety failures.
Abdullah also mentioned it on Twitter.
Glad everyone is safe Tanvir. This looks like it was a very narrow escape. I won’t be using my handset anytime soon, that’s for sure. https://t.co/gb9tXeD7aV
— Omar Abdullah (@abdullah_omar) November 6, 2016
Reliance’s LYF issued a statement shortly after Sadiq tweeted about the incident. “LYF range of phones are designed and manufactured with global standards by some of the world’s leading manufacturers of mobile phones… We are concerned about the incident reported in social media and are taking the matter seriously. We are assessing the cause and will conduct a thorough investigation in the matter,” it said.
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), the agency responsible for air safety standards in India, recently banned Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 phones on airplanes citing safety concerns.