Regulators order a formal recall of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7
US safety regulators have announced a formal recall of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 after reports of fires caused by faulty batteries.
The South Korean tech giant had already launched a voluntary recall after user complaints about 'exploding' phones.
According to Samsung, the problem affects 2.5 million devices globally, including 1 million in the US. The recall comes at a crucial time as rival Apple has just released its new iPhone 7 flagship model.
"Because this product presents such a serious fire hazard, I am urging all consumers... to take advantage of this recall right away,'' Elliot Kaye, chairman of the US Consumer Product Safety Commission said.