As the years go by, mobile devices are getting safer. Manufacturers are improving the designs of their products, including battery manufacturers, and the public has been educated about the potential dangers of using cheap third-party charging gear. Still, there will be occasional stories like this one about a four-year old girl who required painful skin grafts after her smartwatch exploded causing third-degree burns to the back of her hand.
Smartwatch explosion leaves four-year old with third-degree burns
Four-year old Yiyi Huang suffered a third-degree burn when her smartwatch exploded while she was wearing it
After the device was removed from the child’s wrist, the extent of the damage to Yiyi’s hand was obvious and she was rushed to the hospital where she remains following the skin graft procedure. The name of the smartwatch manufacturer has not been revealed and Mr. Huang is said to be in talks with them over compensation for the incident.
After an investigation, Fitbit found no malfunction on the part of its device. A company spokesman said days after the incident, “Based on our initial investigation, including testing of her device by a leading third-party failure analysis firm, we have concluded that Ms. Mitchell’s Fitbit Flex 2 did not malfunction. The testing shows that external forces caused the damage to the device.”
Many incidents occurred due to the use of dangerous cheaply made chargers
What really happened was that a friend of the phone’s owner accidentally dropped the device in the toilet and decided that the best way to dry the device was to put it in the microwave and make up a story to explain the phone’s explosion. Investigators said that the only way that the device could sustain such damage was from a microwave.
Still, it is worth your life to shell out the extra cash required to buy a charger made by the phone’s manufacturer instead of relying on an old, frayed cable and a third-party brick. And you can always save money by using replacements that have been certified MFi (Made for iPhone) by Apple.