Apple is facing a lawsuit in Australia after a man claimed that his iPhone X explodes in his pocket, resulting in second degree burns.
According to 7 News, the incident occurred in 2019 and now the victim – scientist Robert De Rose – is taking legal action after Apple was accused of not responding to his questions about this issues.
The accident happened when De Rose was sitting in the office when he suddenly felt pain in his leg and heard a sound coming from his pocket.
“I heard a faint pop, followed by a hissing and then I felt a sharp pain in my right leg. So I immediately jumped up and realized it was my iPhone explodes” he said.
Then, De Rose pulled the iPhone X out of his pocket and found that black smoke was coming from it. This phone is more than 1 year old.
Due to the iPhone X exploding, De Rose said he suffered a “second degree burn” in his thigh. “I had ash everywhere and my skin was flaking” he recalls. De Rose claims that he has contacted Apple several times about the matter, but never received a response.
Currently, this scientist is working with a lawyer to sue Apple for compensation. The law firm is also representing another man (from Melbourne) who claims “had burned his wrist after his Apple Watch overheated.”
An Apple spokesperson told 7News that the company takes the safety of its customers very seriously and is investigating the two complaints. Two lawsuits have been filed with the District Court.
All smartphones present a risk of fire and explosion due to the use of lithium-ion batteries. Problems such as overheating, leakage or collision related to battery cells can cause a sparking effect. Placing your device in a pocket may cause it to bend while you are sitting and this is the risk of battery damage.